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Complainant Name:
Dr Anthony Harvey

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 12

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Dr Anthony Harvey complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in his view, misleading and discriminatory, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 2 (Opportunity to reply) and 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported that ‘a German company [had] announced plans for a 44-acre solar farm in the middle of a Cotswold village'. The complainant believed the article, which reported on local concerns about the proposed development, was one-sided; he also emphasised that the proposed farm would not be located in the middle of the village, but half a mile outside of it.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant, as a gesture of goodwill:

SIR Your report on a proposed solar panel farm near the village of Willersey in the Cotswolds (Apr 2), records the opposition of some villagers, but others support it. Being no more than six to seven feet high and well fenced, it will scarcely be visible to anyone except from the upper storey of a very small number of houses.

As for the views from the nearby Cotswold Way and the escarpment, these are already dominated by large expanses of white plastic polytunnels and glasshouses. By comparison the solar project would be relatively unobtrusive. It is only by promoting projects of this kind that it will be possible for the UK to meet the legally binding EU target for the reduction of carbon emissions by 2020.

Date Published: 07/06/2013

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