Tag Archives: Rampisham

Rampisham Down: We Won!

            Regular readers will recall the story of Rampisham Down and the plan to build a solar farm on a nationally important grassland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). I have written about this case … Continue reading

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West Dorset reject solar farm on landscape grounds

Some readers may recall that last year West Dorset District Council approved proposals for a 25MW solar farm to be built at Rampisham Down, inside the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and directly on a Site of Special Scientific … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down: British Solar Renewables have a digital spring clean

With only a little over 4 months to go before the Rampisham Down Public Inquiry gets underway, British Solar Renewables has been having a digital clear out, getting rid of information that might not put it in the best light … Continue reading

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More on the #Rampisham Propaganda War.

  After yesterday’s blog about describing the opening salvo’s in the propaganda war that’s started in advance of the Rampisham Solar Farm public inquiry, more shots come thick and fast. Dorset Eye, a Dorset community media website, have published a … Continue reading

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Rampisham: the propaganda war begins

It was inevitable that with the announcement of the Public Inquiry for the Rampisham Down Solar Farm, the developers would break cover and start a media campaign to persuade the public that their position is the right one. So it … Continue reading

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The Solar Farm Gold Rush is over

            This spring it was almost as though there was a gold rush around here, but the gold was a very generous public subsidy for private landowners to build solar farms; and the subsidy magically … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down Factsheet #8: Politics and Politicians

As the election draws closer, I thought it would be worth looking at the politics and politicians of Rampisham Down and who supports the development of a Solar Farm on one of Britain’s most important nature sites. There are some … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down Factsheet #6: The Solar Farm Business: British Solar Renewables and Community Heat and Power

Brownfield Site? Rampisham Down SSSI It pays to know who you are dealing with, and this is as much the case at Rampisham Down as anywhere else. The developers of Rampisham Down are British Solar Renewables, as I have mentioned … Continue reading

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Rampisham Factcheck #5: The photographs of Rampisham Down

Some people are trying to make out that Rampisham Down SSSI is a poor quality, low value piece of wildlife grassland, or, as Professor Ghillean Prance, former Director of Key Gardens said a “very degraded and often impacted habitat”. They … Continue reading

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Dorset CPRE’s letter to Secretary of State Pickles asking for Rampisham permission to be called in

Dorset CPRE have just published their letter asking for the Rampisham Down Solar Factory planning permission to be called in for determination by the Secretary of State. I am republishing it here. They make an extremely interesting point. There have … Continue reading

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