Kent Wildlife Trust gives evidence on proposed Sandwich & Pegwell Bay development

Kent Wildlife Trust has outlined environmental concerns about a proposed extension to the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm at a Planning Inspectorate hearing.

The application, which was submitted by a company called Vattenfall last year, includes plans to run a large cable through Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve.

The land affected by this cable has several environmental designations which mark it out as an important area for local wildlife. While Kent Wildlife Trust welcomes renewable energy as a means to counter climate change, it is concerned that the developer has not taken reasonable steps to minimise environmental damage.

Julia Hunt, Head of Conservation Policy & Advocacy for Kent Wildlife Trust, said:

“We are very concerned about the negative impacts of running this cable through an area which is of considerable importance to wildlife, both locally and nationally.

“Wind and other renewable energy sources play an important role in turning the tide on climate change. But these developments must be delivered in a way that is truly sustainable for the environment. We believe this application has not been properly thought through to minimise environmental impacts and we are putting these concerns to the Planning Inspectorate.

“Whatever the outcome of the application, we will continue to work with the developer and others to secure the best possible outcome for the site and the wider environment.”

Between now and June, the Planning Inspectorate will hear evidence to inform their decisions about the development. The final decision on the development is due in June.

To find out more about Kent Wildlife Trust’s views on planning and sustainable energy, please read our blog.