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Deadline looms for comments on Cleve Hill Solar Park at Graveney Marsh between Faversham and Seasalter

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Residents have 11 days to formally submit comments about controversial plans to build the UK's largest solar farm.

If given the go-ahead, the £450 million Cleve Hill Solar Park would stretch from the banks of Faversham Creek to Seasalter Road, bordered to the north by the Saxon Shore Way footpath along the Swale.

Subject to approval by the Planning Inspectorate, which has now accepted the plans for consideration, it is also expected to provide enough green electricity to power around 91,000 homes.

The proposed solar park would stretch across Nagden Marsh
The proposed solar park would stretch across Nagden Marsh

But the project has gained opposition from individuals and organisations such as the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust, which are concerned about the loss of marshland and argue the solar farm will threaten protected wildlife habitats in the surrounding marshland.

Now, residents wishing to support or oppose the development have until January 28 to lodge their comments with the Planning Inspectorate.

Chairman of Graveney Rural Environment Action Team Michael Wilcox urges people to take part in the process, and to make their voices heard.

He said: “Anyone who wants to oppose the damaging proposal to build a vast solar farm on Graveney Marshes, the biggest in Europe, needs to act now.

Graveney Marsh
Graveney Marsh

“The developers have only given us a tiny window of opportunity at a busy time of year, so individuals and groups need to register quickly to have a say.”

Developer Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd has already carried out a lengthy public consultation over the development.

And after considering responses to the consultations, it reduced the number of solar panels planned for the site.

To have your say, visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

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