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Griff Rhys Jones fighting solar energy plant plans

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May 15, 2013 | 6:32am EDT

British funnyman Griff Rhys Jones has slammed proposed plans to build the U.K.'s biggest solar energy farm near his home. Bosses at solar power giant Hive Energy have submitted planning permission to construct a huge site in the idyllic countryside of Suffolk, England, close to Jones' property. The scheme promises to keep up with the British government's green energy targets, but Jones has accused officials of opportunism to the detriment of an area of outstanding beauty. He says, "It could never be called part of a greener future for the countryside. It is part of a mad series of schemes introduced by a government struggling with an energy policy. The Government is riding roughshod over localism. "Filling an area the size of 50 football pitches - which is open to view on three sides from public rights of way - with 72,000 three-metre high plastic panels simply cannot be a sensible way to use our best-quality agricultural land in a highly-attractive landscape. I am totally opposed to it. I hope the council sees sense and opposes it."

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