The ‘Phase Two formal consultation‘ information is now available on the developer’s website. Phase Two runs from 31 May until 13th July, and this is the last chance to comment on the ‘work in progress’ before the application itself is submitted in about mid-August.
Its important to remember that this is not a government project, but a profit-making scheme from a private developer. It won’t automatically get approval, and the developers haven’t even made their application yet.
This is an important point in the process to ask questions, hold them to account, and make your views clear.
Public events and information
There are just four public events:
- Wednesday 13 June from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, at Ferry House Inn, Harty, Sheppey
- Thursday 14 June from 1.30pm to 8pm, at Graveney Village Hall, Graveney,
- Friday 15 June from 11am to 4pm, at Seasalter Christian Centre, Seasalter,
- Saturday 16 June from 11am to 5.30pm, at Faversham Guildhall, Faversham
At these events a subset of information will be made available:
- Copies of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) on display
- Copies of the non-technical PEIR to take away
- Display boards of the latest project information
- Photomontages showing visualisations of the proposals from various viewpoints
- Plans for improved local amenities including additional permissive pathways and a community orchard
Materials available offline
But as we expected, a lot of information forms this phase of consultation. The developers promise that you can see all of the materials at eight different Community Access Points. These are:
- Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone
- Canterbury City Council, Military Road
- Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East St, Sittingbourne
- Swale Borough Council, Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, Faversham
- Swale Borough Council, Sheppey Gateway, 38-42 High Street, Sheerness
- Faversham Library,
- Teynham Library,
- Boughton-under-Blean Library
What information do they provide?
There are seven buttons on their download page for phase two. These are:
- The Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). This is a working draft of what will go into the formal application later on. The full report is huge, spanning 44 separate files, 909 Megabytes, and 2,303 pages in total. You will have to navigate a Google Drive link to explore this.
- There will be many items in here that need to be reviewed. If you want to see their photomontages of the site for example have a look at Volume II B… part three shows after one year and part four shows after ten years.
- The PEIR Non Technical Summary. This is a more digestible 35 page report as a 7.7MB PDF, but they have provided this as a zipped file. This should provide an overview of the PEIR.
- The Consultation leaflet. This is the 8 page foldout A5 leaflet you may have had through the door. It has a map of the new, expanded, red line boundary.
- The Site Plan. A simple A3 PDF which shows the new proposed boundary of the site. (The PEIR Non Technical Summary has two A3 maps which are better with more detail).
- The Event Advert. An oddly sized flyer with details of the event dates. You can see these elsewhere anyway.
- The Section 48 Notice. This is a formal 2 page A4 document that has the official information about this consultation in it.
- A link to a Feedback Form which goes to an online service. You may have received the paper version of this in the post recently with the Consultation Leaflet.
If you want a printed copy of everything they will provide this for you but they will charge £250. Or, they are offering a full set of consultation documents free of charge via CD-ROM or USB on request.