Opponents say it would destroy thousands of war graves and miles of precious habitat. Supporters say it would enable a massive regeneration project - creating hundreds of jobs.
Six weeks of public consultation has started on controversial plans to dredge 3 million tonnes of aggregate from the Goodwin Sands off Kent. It will be used in the £250 million expansion of Dover's Western Docks.
Opposition is fierce - and could result in a long and costly legal battle. Jenna Verdicchio reports.