Rampisham, Dorset: Kicked into the Long Grass?

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The Long Grass (c) Miles King

Today West Dorset District Council informed various people (including myself) that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG), the Right Hon Eric Pickles, has directed West Dorset District Council “not to grant planning permission” for the Solar Factory at Rampisham Down SSSI “without specific authorisation.” This means that nothing can happen at Rampisham until Mr Pickles decides whether to call-in the planning permission for a Public Inquiry. Here’s the letter.


What is particularly interesting is the speed with which CLG have acted – they sent their decision last Friday. Also of note is the speed with which West Dorset have publicised the announcement.

CLG have not waited until the end of the three week “cooling off period” following the permission being granted on a SSSI, before acting. We do not know  yet whether Natural England has written to CLG asking for…

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