Solar power battle looms at Civil War site
The site of a Civil War battle in Somerset has become the latest front in the war being waged over solar power.
Plans for a solar farm near the location of the 1645 Battle of Langport are being challenged by historians, famous residents and campaigners.
Developer TGC Renewables recently submitted a revised proposal after the planning inspectorate rejected its plan for a 5.8MW farm with 22 acres of photo-voltaic panels.
The original plan was rejected as "more industrial than agricultural" with high-security fencing, a substation and CCTV cameras on poles, said to harm the significance of the battlefield.
Pictures submitted by TGC to planners on August 6 show a series of views from and around the battlefield site, indicating that the revised plan would have minimal impact.
Frank Baldwin, chairman of the Battlefields Trust, said such developments could jeopardise plans to attract more tourists to battlefields as well as destroying the archeology and landscape.
Sir Antony Jay, co-creator of the Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister series, who lives near Langport, has also opposed the plan.
Deborah Meaden, the businesswoman made famous by BBC2's Dragons' Den television series, who has a 25% stake in EWS Solar Power, based in Somerset, has urged the public to avoid kneejerk opposition to solar.