Prince William’s Duchy of Cornwall continues his father’s plan to build a ‘garden town’ of 2,500 homes on farmland
- Plans have been unveiled for a state-of-the-art new town spanning over 320 acres in East Kent’s Faversham
- Activists have called on the Duchy of Cornwall to scrap the plans and warn it could harm local wildlife
- William took charge of the Duchy since the Queen’s death, making him one of England’s largest landowners
- The Duchy of Cornwall insisted the ‘Faversham Project’ will be completely sustainable and environmentally friendly
Prince William’s Duchy of Cornwall continues with a controversial ‘garden town’ of 2,500 houses on prime farmland in Kent, despite warnings from climate activists.
While the duchy said the ‘Faversham project’ would be fully sustainable, activists have warned it could destroy the local environment and protected species.
Activists have called on the Duchy of Cornwall to scrap the plans, warning that the 320-acre development could pose a threat to protected bats, lizards, butterflies and wild orchids.
The same accusations were made on King Charles’ doorstep when he headed the Duchy, which has been led by Prince William since the Queen’s death.
Prince William has become one of England’s largest landowners since taking over the Duchy of Cornwall from his father, and his royal estate is valued at over £1 billion.
Plans for the cutting-edge neighborhood would see a new primary school, cricket ground, shops and offices built alongside stylish new housing.
A CGI mockup of what the new ‘Faversham Project’ in Kent could look like if the village gets the green light
Some are concerned that the 320-acre city could harm biodiversity and wildlife, but the duchy insisted the plans would protect the local environment
Prince William has become one of England’s largest landowners since taking over the Duchy of Cornwall from his father
Backers say they want to connect residents with nature, while the scheme could create 2,500 jobs.
However, Faversham resident Mark Sewell said many protected species will be lost and farmland must remain in operation.
He said: ‘I have emailed and written to Prince William, but have not received a reply.
“He is a younger and more modern monarch who may be more understanding of the environmental damage that will come if this development continues.
“But I’ve had no response.
“The farmland is so rich in biodiversity and this plan will destroy habitats. So many protected species are lost – there are bats, lizards, butterflies and wild orchids. It’s so sad.
‘I am concerned about the loss of such good farmland. In the current climate we need food security. Agricultural land must remain in operation at all costs.’
A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall said: ‘The Duchy of Cornwall is a responsible landowner who is committed to sustainable land management, ensuring that land use meets local needs and creates positive, long-term value for communities.
“The proposed development in Faversham will provide much-needed sustainable, affordable housing alongside community amenities and natural spaces that will create jobs, achieve carbon neutrality and enhance biodiversity in the area.
“The plans are a direct response to Swale Borough Council’s invitation to put forward proposals to address the lack of housing in the area, with the Duchy of land identified as the most sustainable location for the town’s growth.
‘We are committed to working with the local community to ensure that each development complements the local environment and benefits Faversham and its residents.’
Ben Murphy, Director of the Duchy of Cornwall, said: ‘We aim to address the housing shortage in Faversham and the wider region by providing beautiful, high-quality homes that complement the town’s unique historic character and identity.
Backers say they want to connect residents with nature, while 2,500 jobs could be created by the scheme
“During four years of design work and community consultation, we created a plan based on our core principles of working with the landscape and the existing natural environment to build a sustainable community.
“Our team is very excited to be presenting the plans to the local community, whose feedback from past events has greatly helped shape what we will be showcasing.”
A website for the Faversham Project says: ‘Beautifully designed public spaces and streets will be designed around the pedestrian rather than the car, giving a sense of well-being and connection to nature, creating a new community that will thrive the longest . term, for people and planet.’