An Environmental Impact Assessment will now be completed at a solar farm, based near Wareham, after campaigners discovered the plans had been approved without one.
The council responded to a judicial review by issuing a ‘screening response’.
The response requires an Environmental Impact Assessment to assess the landscape and visual impact of the proposal to be included in any resubmitted planning application.
Hugo House, Good Energy’s senior project developer, said:
“We are pleased to have received this update and will begin to gather the information requested. Once we have the findings we will decide whether or not to proceed and resubmit a planning application for a solar farm at Mapperton.
“We will keep residents updated regularly and if we decide to resubmit a planning application, will hold a public exhibition to show residents the plans and details that would be submitted. We expect to make our decision before the end of the year.”
500 locals opposed the original planning application, and some also labelled MP Richard Drax a ‘hypocrite’ as he has previously opposed green energy initiatives, and objects to the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm.
If the application is resubmitted and accepted, the 28 mega-watt farm could power over 6,800 homes.
The original application also included an annual community fund for £25,000 over the 25 year lifetime of the project, £5,000 of which would go directly to the village of Mapperton.
Good Energy’s first ever solar farm at Woolbridge, near Wool in Dorset, began generating electricity to 1,500 homes this summer.
It’s launch included the unveiling of roof-mounted solar panels for three local primary schools and the village hall, all of which were funded by Good Energy’s community grant scheme.