With the prolific and widespread increase in large scale solar applications across the UK, the Welsh Government has sent an intervention letter to all Chief Planning Officers in Wales.
The letter reminds them of the need to protect Best and Most Versatile (BMV) Land, and that large scale solar is not considered an appropriate development on such high grade soil.
You can read the letter below:
BMV Land (Grades 1, 2, and 3a) and the same grades of land being proposed for large scale solar around the Bramford substation. However, sadly Welsh policy does not apply in England.
Whilst we do have similar protections in English policy, from what we can see they are being ridden roughshed over by the constant bombardment of climate emergency, carbon emissions/Net Zero, and energy crisis messaging.
These are important, but here at CARE Suffolk we do not believe that the focus on energy security and Net Zero to the exclusion of everything else is a sustainable way forward. After all, the loss of a field does not mean the loss of the need for the food.
Thank you Wales. Let’s hope our English Government follow suit. And quickly.