The massive cooling towers at Richborough power station are to be cleared for new ways of generating electricity

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One of East Kent’s most distinctive landmarks is now set for demolition.

Thanet Council’s planning committee has agreed the cooling towers at the old Richborough power station can be knocked down.

BFL Management Ltd, which manages the site, wants to clear away the massive chimneys so it can build an energy park.

Gary Lever, development director for the company said: “We welcome the unanimous decision of the planning committee to grant consent for the demolition of the towers, enabling the regeneration of the Richborough Power Station site. This is an important endorsement of the principle that the site should be brought back into productive use.

“We will continue to work closely with the council and with UK Power Networks to plan for the demolition at the earliest possible date, subject to the conditions of the planning permission.”

The power station was decomissioned in 1996. Various energy related proposals have been put forward for the energy park. It is already the connection point to the National Grid for the Thanet offshore wind farm.

Demolition of the towers will take place once the remaining planning and preparation has been completed and neighbouring properties and businesses have been notified.

BFL says some road closures will be required on the day and the demolition will be timed to ensure the minimum possible disruption to local people.

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