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Saving Abbey Fields

20/500015/OUT | Outline application for the development of up to 180 dwellings with associated infrastructure including internal access roads, footpaths, cycleways, parking, open space and landscaping, drainage, utilities and service infrastructure works (All matters reserved except Access). | Land At Abbeyfields Faversham Kent ME13 8HS If you agree with us please OBJECT on Swale's Planning […]

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Pedestrianising Faversham's Town Centre

Script for the Society's representation at the Swale Joint Transportation Board 06 September 2021 I speak this evening as Chair of the Faversham Society, and with the full support of the Board, to ask that further work is done to develop a pedestrianisation scheme for Faversham town centreThe results of the consultation favour the closure […]

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Objection to Holiday Homes at Brogdale

20/505877/OUT | Outline planning application for mixed-use development comprising a nursery school and flexible workshop/business units (all matters reserved except access). | Brogdale Farm Brogdale Road Ospringe ME13 8XU The Faversham Society strongly objects to the revised proposals for housing development at Brogdale. This represents urbanisation south of the M2 in the buffer zone of the AONB. The application […]

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Objection to a planning application for the Almshouses

21/503447 and 21/503448 (LBC): The Almshouses, South Road, Faversham ME13 7LU.  Demolition of existing single-storey extensions.  Erection of two-storey rear extensions to serve flats 6a/6b – 25a/25b.  Conversion of 11 into 2 flats.  Internal demolitions and alterations. In 1840, Henry Wreight, local solicitor and former mayor of Faversham, left a bequest for the benefit of […]

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UK's giant battery 'farms' spark fears of explosions that can reach temperatures of 660C

Today's Mail on Sunday carried a very disturbing story about batteries used to store energy at nearly 400 sites - Cleve Hill at Graveney is one of them. "Last year in Merseyside, one of three battery cabins on a site caught fire and exploded. A report seen by The Mail on Sunday said nearby residents, […]

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Cleve Hill: The Challenge for Swale Borough Council

The world-record breaking Cleve Hill Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is being planned for a location just a few miles east of the site of the Great Gunpowder Explosion of 1916. There is a real danger of history repeating itself due to thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries, a technology for which the Health and Safety Executive has developed […]

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Grid-Scale Lithium-ion Batteries – the Next Grenfell?

The race for renewable energy driven by the 2050 Net Zero target requires energy storage and this is bringing large lithium-ion batteries into our day to day lives, close to our homes and work-places, on an unprecedented scale. Concern that this new aspect of the energy sector is almost unregulated has brought together three expert […]

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Objection to further development at Brogdale

20/505877/OUT Brogdale Farm  The Faversham Society is very concerned about the creeping urbanisation of the land which historically was farmland and then since 1952,  the National Fruit Collection. Brogdale Collections is the home of the National Fruit Collection, and our orchards are a living history & heritage of fruit. This application, if approved, will fundamentally change the character of the area, resulting […]

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Supplementary Objection to Abbey Fields Development

Abbey Fields abuts the east boundary of the Faversham Conservation Area. The character of the landscape immediately within the Conservation Area here is one of historically and visually significant open space (itself a rare feature within the Conservation Area as a whole). Among other things this space provides part of the historic setting of the nationally […]

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Faversham Society response to the Local Plan at REG19

Although there is much talk of localism, all planning decisions must be compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and national planning legislation. The Swale Local Plan, and the Faversham Neighbourhood Plan, will be tested by the Planning Inspectorate against the NPPF. Both Swale & Faversham plans fail if they are found not to […]

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