ON taking office Mr Cameron claimed that his government would be "the greenest ever".
Recently great play has been made of localism-letting – local people have their say about matters that impinge on their neighbourhood and yet massive solar farms are being erected despite local objections from individuals, conservation bodies and councillors.
Where councillors have approved a project, as in the case of a 2,800 panel farm at Hazard Farm in Horberton, they no doubt did so knowing that an objection would prove too costly. But this is a small scheme compared with one being discussed in Cornwall for a 224-acre farm consisting of 135,000 panels.
Mid Devon District Council has been asked to reconsider its objection to 23,500 panels on 45 acres of farmland at Morebath near Dulverton.
The developers have now revised their plans to a mere 30 acres, about the size of 22 football pitches.
A farm near Holsworthy of a sixth of a square mile is equivalent to three Eden projects.
In 2011 Greg Barker the energy and climate change minister said : "We've made a start at rebalancing the architecture of Britain's electricity supply, bringing power to the people and allowing them to generate their own electricity on their homes, their schools and workplaces." What an about face.
Surely money the developers get (£85 for each megawatt) would indeed have been better spent on putting panels on the peoples homes, schools and workplaces?
This would have avoided the loss of precious agricultural land, when food is needed for an expanding population world wide.
I know they say that sheep will still be able to graze but I suspect that it is around the panels rather than under them which was borne out by a visit to a solar farm where the actual panels were fenced off from the sheep.
And it would stop turning the countryside into an industrial park.
There are also other issues. At a time when conserving the wildlife that is left is important, for there to be pathways for wildlife, we have a barren and hostile environment.
Are environmental assessments made to see if proposed areas are used by foraging bats?
Certainly there will be no hares, resident birds or butterflies.