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Solar panels will not be built on Rampisham Down in Dorset after … – Somerset Live

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The solar panels will now be developed on an alternative site, which is not of high importance for wildlife, adjacent to Rampisham Down.

Dorset Wildlife Trust#8217;s chief executive, Dr Simon Cripps said: #8220;We are the first to applaud British Solar Renewables#8217; sensible decision not to develop their solar power station on Rampisham Down.

Dorset Wildlife Trust launched a petition which over 10,000 people signed, asking for the decision to be re-considered by the then Communities Minister, Eric Pickles.

In June 2015 the decision was #8216;called in#8217; by government and it was announced that a public inquiry would take place to decide the fate of the site.

Plans were initially approved to put the panels on Rampisham Down in Dorset back in January 2015.

However, after nearly two years of campaigning by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the RSPB it was announced the solar power station would not be built there.

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