Ecologist Objects To Ritchie’s Green Plans

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September 7, 2011 | 4:15am EST

Guy Ritchie’s plans to erect hundreds of solar panels on his English estate have been met with criticism from a government ecologist.
The Sherlock Holmes director has applied for permission to make his home completely solar powered by installing 200 panels in a field on his Ashcombe House property in Wiltshire.

But council ecologist Louisa Kilgallen argues that Ritchie’s green bid should be refused, citing the protected status of the development area, which is a county wildlife site.

Kilgallen’s report states, “The erection of solar panels would cause disturbance during the construction phase, reduce the area available for chalk grassland plants and invertebrates, increase the risk of weed species colonising in the vicinity of the development and cause disturbance during the decommissioning period.”

Officials are expected to make a final decision on the matter next month.

Ritchie, who became a father for the second time earlier this week, purchased the property in 2001 with his ex-wife Madonna.