DCO application

Following the submission of a Development Consent Order (DCO) application for Cleve Hill Solar Park on 16 November 2018, the DCO application was accepted for Examination by the Planning Inspectorate, who acts on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), on Friday 14 December 2018.

There will now be a period for interested parties to register a representation with the Planning Inspectorate, beginning on Wednesday 19 December 2018 and ending at 11.59pm on Monday 28 January 2019. Any representations (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the application) must be made on the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form which can be accessed and completed online by following the relevant link https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/cleve-hill-solar-park/?ipcsection=overview.

We have also publicised our section 56 notices, which publicise the application as required under section 56 of the 2008 Act, across local and national media to notify people of how to register as an interested party. You can download a copy of this notice from the button below.

All of our application documents are available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/cleve-hill-solar-park/ as well as via the links below.

Application form and accompanying documents:

A hard copy of the full suite of application documents, including accompanying plans, maps and other documents may be inspected free of charge from Wednesday 19 December 2018 until Monday 28 January 2019 at the following locations during the hours set out below:

  • Kent County Council, County Hall, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

  • Canterbury City Council, Military Road, CT1 1YW. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

  • Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East St, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3HT. Opening hours Monday-Thursday 8.45am-5pm, Friday 8.45am-4.30pm.

  • Faversham Library, Newton Rd, Faversham ME13 8DY. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm.

A copy of the Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary (NTS), Consultation Report as well as USBs containing the full application are available at the following locations with computer access on site:

  • Swale Borough Council, Sheppey Gateway, 38-42 High Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1NL. Opening hours Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm.

  • Teynham Library, 131 London Rd, Teynham, Sittingbourne ME9 9QJ. Opening hours Monday 2pm-5pm, Tuesday 9.30am-12pm, Wednesday 2pm-5pm, Thursday 9.30am-12pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.

  • Boughton-under-Blean Library, Village Hall, Bull Lane, Boughton under Blean, ME13 9AH. Opening hours Tuesday 10am-4pm, Friday 2pm-4pm, Saturday 9am-12pm.

You can also access the Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary (NTS), Consultation Report as well as USBs to take away at Swale Borough Council, Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ; opening hours Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm. Please note this location does not have computer access on site.

Copies of the documents are also available online through the Planning Inspectorate’s website at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/cleve-hill-solar-park/?ipcsection=overview as well as via the links below.

Electronic copies can be provided on request by emailing info@clevehillsolar.com, writing to Freepost: Cleve Hill Solar or by telephone: 0800 328 2850.

The documents can be made available in hard copy format on request at a cost of:

  • Total cost for all documents - £2,900.

  • Environmental Statement - All Volumes - £2,400;

  • Environmental Statement Visualisations - £1,600; and

  • Application documents including Consultation Report, Planning Statement or Report to Inform Appropriate Assessment and supporting Annexes (excluding Environmental Statement) - £500.

Representations

Any representations (giving notice of any interest in, or objection to, the application) must be made on the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form which can be accessed and completed online by following the relevant link https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/cleve-hill-solar-park/?ipcsection=overview

If you would like to request a hard copy of the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration and Relevant Representation Form, please telephone 0303 444 5000.  Completed forms should be sent to The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. The Planning Inspectorate reference for the Application (EN010085) should be quoted in any correspondence.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Notice 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination, provides further guidance on how to register and make a relevant representation (December 2016) and can be accessed via the following link: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Advice-note-8-2v3.pdf

Please note that representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 11.59pm on Monday 28 January 2019

In submitting a representation, it should be noted that the personal data and correspondence relating to any representation will be made publicly available.  If you do not wish personal data to be made publicly available, you should state why when submitting the representation. The Planning Inspectorate will publish the representations with your name removed, however, the representations may give them less weight during the Examination as a result.

Application documents

Details of how we consulted, including how we have responded to feedback, is included in the Consultation Report and its associated Appendices. You can view these documents in 5. Reports and Statements, Document 5.1, and 5.1.1.

A Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement is available in 6. Environmental Statement, 6.5 Other ES Docs, Document 6.5.1.

If you require any guidance on the documents included as part of the DCO application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.