Prince William’s Duchy of Cornwall to build Charles’ ‘garden city’

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Prince William’s Duchy of Cornwall is looking to push ahead with King Charles III’s plan to build a “garden city” on Kent farmland, a report has claimed. The ‘Faversham Project’, which is said to be fully sustainable, has faced criticism amid concerns that it could destroy the local environment and its protected species.

Activists have called for the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate established by Edward III in 1337 to provide independence to his eldest son, to scrap the plans.

They have even warned that the 320-acre development could threaten protected bats, lizards, butterflies and wild orchids.

Faversham resident Mark Sewell said many protected species will be lost and the farmland must stay in operation.

He told MailOnline: “I’ve emailed and written to Prince William but I haven’t had a reply.

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“He is a younger and more modern royal who may be more sympathetic to the environmental damage that will be caused if this development continues.

“But I haven’t had a response.

“The farmland is so rich in biodiversity and this scheme will destroy habitats.

“So many protected species will be lost – there are bats, lizards, butterflies and wild orchids. It’s so sad.”

“I have concerns about losing such good farmland. In the current climate, we need food self-security. Farmland should be kept in operation at all costs.”

According to MailOnline, Prince William has become one of England’s biggest landowners since taking over the Duchy of Cornwall from his father, and his royal estate is valued at over £1billion.

However, supporters of the scheme have claimed that they want to connect residents to nature, while adding 2,500 jobs via the programme.

A Duchy of Cornwall spokesperson said: “The Duchy of Cornwall is a responsible land owner committed to sustainable land stewardship and ensuring that land use meets local needs and creates positive, long-term value for communities.

“The proposed development at Faversham will deliver much-needed sustainable, affordable housing alongside community facilities and natural spaces that will create jobs, achieve net-zero carbon and enhance biodiversity in the area.

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“The plans are in direct response to Swale Borough Council’s invitation to put forward proposals to answer the lack of housing in the area, with the Duchy land having been identified as the most sustainable location for the growth of the town.

“We are committed to working in consultation with the local community to ensure any development complements the local area and benefits Faversham and its residents.”

Duchy of Cornwall estates director Ben Murphy added: “We aim to address housing shortages in Faversham and the wider region by providing beautiful, high-quality homes that complement the unique historic character and identity of the town.

“During four years of design work and community consultation, we have created a plan underpinned by our key principles of working with the landscape and existing natural environment to build a sustainable community.

“Our team is very excited to be presenting the plans to the local community, whose feedback at prior events has greatly helped shape what we will be presenting.”

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