By Richard Belfield, Faversham Eye –
The behaviour of the planning inspectors in the Cleve Hill solar farm inquiry gets more bizarre by the day. There has been a further delay. In early April they wrote to the developers (Wirsol Energy and Hive Energy) asking for more details about how they intend to use compulsory purchase orders to acquire the land, the exact uses of some of the plots and a detailed map of one area.
The far more pressing issue is whether Wirsol should be allowed to build Cleve Hill at all. No one has ever built a solar and battery farm of this size before and there are already major safety concerns about the design.
No one has ever built a solar and battery farm of this size before and there are already major concerns about the design. Later this year, Wirsol is being sued in the High Court “for gross negligence and reckless misconduct” over some much smaller solar parks they built and sold. At issue is whether they are capable of building solar farms which both work and are safe.
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