Ryme Intrinseca £6m solar farm approved

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Plans for a £6m solar farm in West Dorset have been approved.

The 19-hectare (46 acre) farm will be created by renewable energy company juwi at Caswell Farm, south east of Ryme Intrinseca, adjacent to the A37.

Consisting of about 24,500 solar panels, the site is expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 1,700 homes.

West Dorset District Council approved the plans subject to a number of conditions.

One of the conditions is that the farm will be decommissioned after 25 years and the land restored.

Concerns raised by some local parish councils included the scheme being "intrusive" and "very off-putting as an introduction to Dorset".

Juwi said the maximum height of the panels would be no more than about 2.5m (8ft).

Originally, the scheme had been set to include up to 31,000 panels but plans were amended in order to avoid badger setts in the area.

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