150 attend public meeting on solar farm

More than 150 villagers attended a  public meeting on Friday (October 2nd) to discuss plans for a 28 acre solar farm in Headcorn.

Library photo of solar panels

Library photo of solar panels

Solar Securities is seeking planning permission to create a 29,400 panel solar farm at Great Tong Farm which it says will power 1,029 homes.

Helen Whately

The meeting at Headcorn Village Hall was called by Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately and speakers included Richard Knox-Johnston, CPRE Kent Vice President, as well as Protect our Weald and the Weald of Kent Preservation Society.

Mr Knox-Johnston said the site would have a significant impact on the landscape, would be seen http://www.onlinepharmacytabs.com from the Greensand Ridge and was close to 23 listed buildings. Residents expressed concern about possible flooding risk and access.

Maidstone Borough Council policy and resources committee recently voted to create a Low Weald Landscape of Local value and it is hoped this, and the views of local people, will be taken into account when deciding on the scheme. Ulcombe Parish Council discussed the application on Thursday (October 1st) and Headcorn Parish Council will decide on the plans on October 14th in its meeting at 8pm in the village hall. The deadline for responses to the planning application is October 15th

 

October 7th 2015

 

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