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Faversham Society Position: Development proposal from Duchy of Cornwall With regards to the housing development proposal submitted by the Duchy of Cornwall, the Faversham Society is undertaking a process of comprehensively analysing the significant detail within the many technical documents submitted to Swale Borough Council relating to this application. This is the usual approach we […]

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Ham Road – 5th Supplementary Representation - Application No. 23/502113
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Ham Road – 5th Supplementary Representation - Application No. 23/502113 We note that the EA have finally submitted an objection to this application as requested and  justified in in our 5 previous representations. The Applicants have responded by  submitting an amended Flood Risk Assessment (FRA).  We first suggested that this was necessary last Summer, the […]

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Latest on Cleve Hill
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The Faversham Society opposed the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and the Safety Management Plan. We are not opposed to solar energy. We are grateful to the Planning Committee members who shared our view that there are serious health and safety issues with the BESS and, therefore, declined to approve the developer’s proposal. We were […]

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Planning Committee Decision on BSMP 28/02/24
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Decision You can watch the Planning Committee deliberations here.

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Submission on Cleve Hill to Swale Planning Committee 28th February
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The FS has again employed the services of our barrister to represent our views to Swale Planning Committee and to set out the legal position and their responsibility. Below are extracts from the 28-page submission which can be downloaded here. The following issues remain unaddressed:

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Ordnance Wharf, Faversham - Time Line and Comments.
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23/502647/FULL Ordnance Wharf Flood Lane Faversham Kent ME13 7DY Ordnance Wharf - i.e. a wharf from which ordnance is shipped, or which receives it. Time Line. 1745. Jacob map. Both Lower and Bennett’s Mills groups shown. Main gunpowder shipping point then appears from the map to have been against the downstream side of the pond […]

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Cleve Hill Battery Safety - Barrister's Letter to Swale
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The Faversham Society sought legal advice on how Swale is handling its responsibility to approve, or not, the developer's plans. The purpose of our barrister's letter is to raise the Society’s concerns as to the independence and quality of the advice provided in the Report and the procedure being followed by Swale. The barrister's letter […]

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23/505301/LBC 2 Abbey Street: The Anchor
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The Faversham Society broadly welcomes these proposals which, happily, uses one of the traditional methods of extending an old building.  At the same time it rationalises and simplifies the somewhat confused layout of several mid and late 20th century alterations at the rear of premises.  We do however have one or two detailed comments:

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Neighbourhood Plan - current status
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The Faversham Neighbourhood PlanPlan is currently at the Independent Examination stage.   In respect of the weight, Paragraph 48 of the NPPF, September 2023 states: "Local planning authorities may give weight to relevant policies in emerging plans according to:  a) the stage of preparation of the emerging plan (the more advanced its preparation, the greater the […]

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Independent Assessment of the Safety of Lithium Ion Batteries
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Letter to Helen Whately MP Dear Helen Knowing the interest you have taken and concern you have expressed regarding the dangers inherent in the Cleve Hill Battery proposals, I am writing to update you on new specific scientific opinion.  We would be grateful for any further influence you can bring to bear. The attached is […]

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