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Updated: Apr 28

Just in case word hasn't reached you - Ashford Borough Council refused Planning Permission yesterday afternoon for North Court Solar Farm on the following grounds:


The proposed development would fail to conserve or enhance the special qualities, distinctive character and tranquillity of the site. It would result in significant adverse impacts on the rural landscape and be harmful to the setting of the Kent Downs National Landscape. The development would also harm the amenity and experience of users of the public rights of way, including the North Downs Way National Trail, and would cause less than substantial harm to the setting of designated heritage assets. The benefits of the proposed development would not outweigh these harms. The development would therefore be contrary to policies SP1, SP6, ENV1, ENV3a, ENV3b, ENV5, ENV10 and ENV13 of the Ashford Local Plan 2030, and the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework, National Policy Statements EN-1 and EN-3 and the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan 2021-2026.

This is great news for us all and we would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement to fight this proposal. Green Switch now have 6 months to Appeal the decision!


You can view more details about the refusal, including the decision notice and officer report via the Ashford Planning Portal.

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On Wednesday 1st November, SOWLIS submitted the following letter to Ashford Borough Council in response to the planning application:


SOWLIS Objection To North Court Solar Farm November 23
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Please make sure that you have submitted your objections before the deadline on 5th November!

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Just a gentle reminder that if you haven't already done so, you have a week to get your objection into Ashford Borough Council!


The revised application number is PA/2022/2415 for the industrial solar installation at North Court Fruit Farm.


The Solar Campaign Alliance have just produced 3 short videos that you may find useful in understanding the full facts about the solar industry:



Whilst the applicant has made minor changes to the original application, none make the overall plan compliant with national and local planning policies.


Please support our campaign by objecting and signing our petition!

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