Food Strategy

Part of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at on 23 June 2022.

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Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. Some years ago, we changed the planning guidance from the chief planning officer in the then Department for Communities and Local Government to make it clear that there should be a powerful presumption against the construction of field-scale solar on the best and more versatile agricultural land—that is defined as grade 3b land and above. I am aware that there are concerns that in some parts of the country that advice is no longer holding and applications are being approved, and we are discussing that across Government.