A controversial planning application has been made:
13/1817/MFUL | Installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar array to provide 7MW generation capacity together with inverter systems; transformer station; internal access track; landscaping; security fencing and associated access gate. | Land At East Hill Strips Ridgeway Sidbury
Large solar farm planned in AONB, overlooking Sidbury. | Save Our Sidmouth
Large solar farm proposed at East Hill, overlooking Sidbury
Planning Application 13/1817/MFUL, Land At East Hill Strips (Land ... :: East Devon :: Openly Local
The agents for the applicant are based in Bristol:
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The applicant was 'set up by Irish state electricity utility ESB, through its clean energy investment arm ESB Novusmodus, and Ludgate, an environmental investment company.'
On its webpage 'Community Benefits' it states that its 'main business is in helping farmers diversify their incomes through solar farms.'
It asks the question:
Whilst their 'sites are seeded with specific wild grasses and flowering species as advised by our range of conservation specialists that encourage a full range of biodiversity...'
it is perhaps contradicted by the prevalence of sheep:
(See: George Monbiot – Obstinate Questionings)
It does, however, promise energy security: