When you elected Cllr Hugh Patterson in 2012 he promised to fight to protect the Green Belt surrounding Five Oak Green.
Over the last two years he has campaigned against the two solar parks proposed in the parish. He said “Although I am in favour of solar energy, as a valuable contribution to a greener energy supply, I think there are better places to build solar farms. The Green Belt is there to preserve the openness of the countryside and to prevent our village being swallowed up by Paddock Wood and Tonbridge. Build these solar arrays - but not on Green Belt land.”
Cllr Patterson pointed out major problems with the flood impact assessment for one of the schemes, which was later changed in order to take account of the flooding risk in Five Oak Green. In the end planners agreed narrowly to approve both sites, though one was amended to make it smaller and ensure a more limited impact on the village.