The solar ‘park’ at Rampisham ison the site of the former BBC World Service transmitting
station. This is a massive scheme – on 200 acres with 163,000 panels. In the Dorset
Echo article 'Masts the past in solar farm future for Rampisham' The current application
for a massive solar ‘park’ at Rampisham, on the former BBC transmitter site, has
exercised a number of members. Amongst the worries are the damage caused by spraying
weedkiller on grassland which has remained largely undisturbed since the 1940s and
the visual intrusion if panels are allowed beyond a certain level of the south-facing
slopes. The ‘farm’ could generate 40MW of power. We have submitted our reservations
about the application given that the site is in the AONB, although we accept that
its use has, for many years, meant that the site is, effectively, a brownfield site.
We have also complained to West Dorset District Council that work started on the
demolition of some of the towers, together with the building of posts for the panels,
even before the date for comments on the scheme had closed. Council officers tell
us they were aware and are taking action in conjunction with others. Read Dorset
CPRE’s response to application PA 1/D/12/001664 Rampisham 40 MW Solar Park.
The West Dorset Group objected to the development plans at Golden Cap beauty spot.
Plan for a development at a West Dorset beauty spot have been approved despite strong
opposition. The scheme for the Golden Cap caravan park includes a restaurant, indoor
swimming pool, wildlife pond, laundry and static lodge style caravan