Canterbury City Council (CCC) Planning has decided that the 250 acre solar energy plant proposed by Enso Energy "would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment [and] therefore concludes that ... an EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] is not required."
This position disagrees with the joint representation made by Chislet and Hoath parish councils that the plans risk "lasting damage ... on [the] environment, society and governance (ESG) of Hoath, Chislet and wider region of Canterbury." (click here for our full letter).
In response to a letter from Sir Roger Gale, MP, CCC Planning have said (click here for the full letter), "As yet, no planning application has been received for a proposed solar farm on the land south of Marley in Hoath. // Should an application be made, it will be the subject of public notification, including involvement of the Ward and Parish Councillors. The applicant would also need to provide a number of studies/assessments, including looking at agricultural land quality, landscape and visual impacts, construction traffic and noise assessments."
The letter asserts furthermore that an EIA was rejected "principally because it [the 250 acre site] is not located within a sensitive area as defined by the regulations, such as a Site of Special Scientific Interest or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."