GREAT are devasted to confirm that the Secretary of State has today,
28th May 2020, decided to make an Order granting development consent for the proposal by Cleve Hill Solar Park Limited to build a vast industrial Solar Power Station on Graveney Marshes.
“The Secretary of State considers that there is a strong case for granting development consent for the Cleve Hill Solar Park. Given the national need for renewable energy infrastructure and the substantial weight the Secretary of State attaches to the contribution of this development to meeting that need the Secretary of State does not believe that this is outweighed by the Development’s potential adverse impacts, as mitigated by the proposed terms of the Order.”
The serious concerns about this development have certainly not gone away. GREAT will be taking stock and considering next steps with the fantastic team of supporters and experts that have formed this two year campaign. Please keep checking back for further news.
The Development Consent Order, gives the developer permission to proceed and the powers to do so. However, before work can commence the developer must get detailed consent for Swale Borough Council. In a submission to the Examining Authority on 20 April 2020, Faversham Town Council stated.
Faversham Town Council 20 April 2020
For the absence of doubt, FTC remains firmly opposed to the proposed project.
Of equal concern to the Council is how monitoring of any planning conditions could be undertaken by Swale Borough Council, given their planning teamslack the resources, expertise and experience in the oversight of a project of this scale and complexity.