The campaign to save Graveney Marshes has entered a crucial stage
says Helen Whately MP, Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent
Thursday, 2 April, 2020
The Business Secretary is due to make a decision by the end of May on whether to grant permission to the Cleve Hill solar plant, which would cover 900 acres of the North Kent coast with industrial solar panels.
The Planning Inspectors submitted a report in February on whether to give the green light to development near Faversham – which would be the UK’s largest onshore solar plant – but the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has the final say.
I’ve called on the Business Secretary to reject the development, on the basis it will do more harm than good to the environment. This land would be much better being turned back into coastal salt marsh where it could be home to even more fantastic wildlife and help lock away hundreds of tonnes of carbon.
Information on how you can get involved in the campaign can be found here.
Whilst the focus of the Government at present is rightly on protecting the NHS and saving lives during the Coronavirus outbreak, we still need to get the message across about the damage Cleve Hill would cause to local habitat, wildlife and the economy.
*Photo taken on Monday 9 September 2019