Cleve Hill Solar Park

What happens next

28/02/2020 – Deadline for Planning Inspectorate to submit recommendation

The Examination closed on 28 November 2019. There will now be a period of three months for the Examining Authority to write its report and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then have three months in which to make a decision.

Timeline (50 items)

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Prior to the close of the Examination the Examining Authority exercised its discretion to accept the following documents:

1. From CPRE: Additional Submission relating to the effect of light pollution on insects;
2. From London Array Limited: Additional Submission confirming its withdrawal of representations;
3. From the Applicant: Additional Submission confirming the agreed position with London Array Limited;
4. From the Applicant: Additional Submission providing TSO Validation Report for the DCO;
5. From the Applicant: Additional Submission Rule 17 response to the final submission from Mr & Mrs Montague;
6. From the Crown Estate providing a position update

Additionally, further concerns have been expressed jointly by the Faversham Society and CPRE to Dr Pauleen Lane in relation to the appointment of the Examining Authority. The concerns, and Dr Lane’s response, have been published.

The Examination Library has been updated to include these documents.

02 December 2019
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The Examination closed at 23:59 on Saturday 30th November 2019.

30 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter seeking further information and confirming variations to the Examination timetable. This has been added to the Examination Library.

27 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised it’s discretion to accept an Additional Submission from The Faversham Society.

27 November 2019
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The submissions for Deadline 7 have now been published. The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from National Grid Electricity Transmissions PLC withdrawing their Relevant Representation.

The Exam Library has been updated.

21 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant relating to the access route. This has been added to the Examination Library.

06 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant. This has been added to the Examination Library.

05 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Dr Tim Ingram. This has been added to the Examination Library.

01 November 2019
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23 October 2019
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Deadline 6 Documents have now been published and the Exam Library updated.

08 October 2019
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Deadline 5 documents have now been published and the Exam library updated.

24 September 2019
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The audio recordings of the September hearings and a note of an Unaccompanied Site Inspection have been published. These have been added to the Examination Library.

16 September 2019
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We have received a further query in relation to the appointment of the Examining Authority. A copy of the query and Dr Pauleen Lane’s response have been published and added to the Examination Library.

10 September 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accepted an Additional Submission from the Applicant.

05 September 2019
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Deadline 4 documents have now been published and the Exam Library updated.

03 September 2019
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The agendas for the September Hearings have now been published. These have been added to the Examination Library.

30 August 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant.

22 August 2019
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The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions and Notification of Hearings to be held during the week commencing 9 September 2019 have now been published and added to the Examination Library.

09 August 2019
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All documents submitted for Deadline 3 have now been published and the Exam Library updated. The Examining Authority has also exercised their discretion to accept the following Additional Submissions from:

Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd

Dr Tim Ingram

06 August 2019
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The recordings of the hearings held in July 2019 have now been published. Additionally, notes of unaccompanied site inspections also undertaken in July 2019 have been published. These documents have been added to the Examination Library.

29 July 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept Additional Submissions from:

  • The Applicant
  • Graveney Rural Environment Action Team (GREAT)
  • Marie King
  • London Array Limited
  • National Grid Electricity Transmission

The Examining Authority has also accepted a late Deadline 2 Submission from Chris Lowe.

The Exam Library Has been updated.

16 July 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept Additional Submissions from:
The Applicant
Harlaxton Energy Network Ltd

The Examining Authority has also issued their response to Kent and Medway Fire Authority’s request to become an Interested Party.

The Examination Library has been updated.

12 July 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion and accepted an Additional Submissions from
the Applicant
Stephen Ledger

11 July 2019
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09 July 2019
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The agendas for the July Hearings and the itinerary for the Accompanied Site Inspection have now been published. These have been added to the Examination Library.

08 July 2019
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Deadline 2 responses have now been published.

Additionally, please note that a review of the Examining Authority has been carried out under section 68 of the Planning Act 2008 and an additional panel member has now been added.

All deadline 2 responses, and a copy of the letter amending the panel, have been added to the Examination Library.

03 July 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept the following late Deadline 1 Submissions:

These have been added to the Examination Library.

19 June 2019
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Deadline 1 submissions have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated and published as soon as possible.

14 June 2019
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

07 June 2019
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The Preliminary Meeting note has now been published.

04 June 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission. This has been published and added to the Examination Library.

30 May 2019
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
30 May 2019
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We have recently received correspondence outlining concerns about the appointment of the Examining Authority. These have been published, along with the Planning Inspectorate’s response, and have been added to the Examination Library.

28 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept the following Additional Submissions from the Applicant:
Statement of Common Ground between the Applicant and Public Health England;
Statement of Common Ground between the Applicant and Environment Agency.
Both documents have been added to the Examination Library.

23 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission. This has been published and added to the Examination Library.

21 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission. This has been published and added to the Examination Library.

20 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission. This has been published and added to the Examination Library.

10 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Faversham and Swale East Branch Labour Party. This has been published and added to the Examination Library.

07 May 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Graveney Rural Environment Action Team (GREAT).

23 April 2019
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

18 April 2019
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The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant and a Late Relevant Representation. These have been published and added to the Examination Library.

26 March 2019
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The Relevant Representations have now been added to the Exam Library.

06 February 2019
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Relevant representations published on the website
30 January 2019
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Registration of interested parties closes
28 January 2019
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Registration of interested parties begins
19 December 2018
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The application has been accepted for examination

14 December 2018
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
14 December 2018
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
16 November 2018