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2025: Time limit for authority to acquire land compulsorily
From the Development Consent Order: 17. (1) After the end of the period of 5 years beginning on the day on which this Order is made— (a) no notice to treat is to be served under Part 1 (compulsory purchase under Acquisition of Land Act 1946) of the 1965 Act; and (b) no declaration is…
2021: Quinbrook acquires Cleve Hill; renames it Project Fortress
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has acquired the 350MW Cleve Hill solar-plus-storage site in Kent. Wildlife protection work is expected to start in Spring 2022, with construction of the site, which has been renamed Project Fortress, expected to start in summer 2022.
2020: Development Consent Order came into force
The Statutory Instrument that is “The Cleve Hill Solar Park Order 2020” was made on 28th May 2020 and came into force on 19th June 2020
DECISION MADE: Application granted consent
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy granted development consent for the Project. For further information please refer to the following documents: Secretary of State Decision Letter Development Consent Order as Made Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report Planning Inspectorate Decision Cover Letter Habitats Regulations Assessment Regulation 31 Notice
The responses to the Secretary of State’s recent consultation have now been published.
Secretary of State seeks comments
The Secretary of State has issued a letter seeking comments from the Applicant on matters raised during the Examination. Consultation responses should be submitted by 23.59 on 20 April 2020.
Examining Authority issues a Recommendation Report
The Examining Authority today issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State has three months in which to issue a decision. The decision letter and Recommendation Report will be published on the National Inspectorate project page once a decision has been made.
Close of Examination period
Receipt by the The Examining Authority is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of 6 months
Receipt by the ExA of documents/submissions
Issue of report by the Examining Authority
• The Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (if required); • The ExA’s dDCO (if required); • Any requests for information under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)