Cleve Hill: the battle against the country’s largest solar farm gets under way today

CPRE representative Richard Knox-Johnston and local MP Helen Whately at the meeting this morning

The battle to save some 1,000 acres of the North Kent Marshes from the building of the country’s largest solar farm began in full today (Thursday, May 30) in Faversham.

The preliminary meeting of the public examination into Cleve Hill Solar Farm was held at the Alexander Centre this morning, triggering the start of a six-month process.

Worried residents and campaign groups met to hear how the examination will proceed and to learn the opportunities they will have over the coming months to raise their concerns.

These will include, among many other things, damage to the landscape and to wildlife, along with the industrialisation of treasured countryside.
It is estimated some 80 people were present for the meeting, with the next opportunity to speak being the open hearings on Tuesday, July 16.

It is important to stress that even if you have not registered as an Interested Party, you can still make your views known to the examination; details of how to do this will be on the Planning Inspectorate website https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/cleve-hill-solar-park/

Thursday, May 30

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