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Submission to the Cleve Hill Preliminary Meeting 30 May 2019

 am writing on behalf of the Faversham Society to inform you that I wish to speak at the Preliminary Meeting on the 30th May 2019 under the following agenda items:

Cultural Heritage
The adverse impact on the Grade 1 listed All Saints Church, Graveney, constructed in Norman times, mainly 14th century. 

Environmental Statement (relates also to Water ,flooding etc)
Limitations of the Rochdale Envelope in relation to hazards associated with emerging battery technology.Batteries - Flood risk mitigation, fire risk,(3 further unexplained, spontaneous Li-ion car battery fires in the past month) and associated access arrangements and expertise for Kent Fire and Rescue ServicesResponsibility for the assessment of risks associated with the use of emerging technologies

Loss of amenity in the light of potential plans for a rapidly enlarging urban population connected to Faversham.

Traffic and Transport
Inevitable ongoing heavy traffic issues beyond the construction period, associated in particular with the (potentially toxic) battery replacement cycle. Lifespan data on large Li-ion installations is sparse, but warranties and reputable tests (NREL) on domestic PV solar installations in the USA  indicate a 7-10 year lifespan. Has this been researched by the proposers and factored into traffic plans? The main route close to the primary school is of great concern.

In addition, the Faversham Society feels that the Draft Examination Timetable does not explicitly cover the applicant's inadequate technical detail relating to batteries, fire safety, transport etc and requests that this be made the subject of an Issue Specific Hearing. The applicants fail to acknowledge that their proposal embodies one of the largest ever battery installations using a still emerging technology with a problematic safety record.

Professor Sir David Melville CBE, C Phys, FInstP
Vice Chair
The Faversham Society

May 16, 2019

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