Gate Burton Energy Park
Low Carbon is bringing forward proposals to build a new solar and energy storage park, along with the infrastructure needed to export the electricity it generates onto the national grid.
Gate Burton Energy Park is proposed as being built on land near Gate Burton in Lincolnshire. The electricity the proposed energy park generates will be exported via a connection into the existing national electricity transmission system at National Grid's Cottam substation in Nottinghamshire.
The project is anticipated as having a generation capacity of around 500 megawatts (MW). This is equivalent to providing enough clean energy to power over 160,000 homes and avoid more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
UK Government has set ambitious targets to reach net zero by 2050. The recently published Energy Strategy detailed the aim to increase the UK's solar capacity five-fold by 2035 - equivalent to around 70 gigawatts (GW) total generation capacity. Gate Burton Energy Park would deliver a significant level of renewable energy generation and make a vital contribution to supporting our transition to a low carbon energy system while securing the energy needs of Great Britain.
The amount of electricity Gate Burton Energy Park could generate exceeds 50MW. It is therefore classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This requires us to submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.
We anticipate that the development process for the project through to DCO submission and then examination will take between two and three years. Subject to achieving consent, construction would start no earlier than 2025.
Where we are now
Our Stage Two Statutory Consultation launched on 22 June 2022. The consultation will run for six weeks and closes on Friday 5 August 2022.
During this time we’d like you to tell us what you think about our proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park and how they have evolved since the initial stage of consultation we held earlier this year.
After conducting this first stage of consultation on our emerging proposals, we have continued to shape and refine our proposals for the Project, taking into consideration the feedback you provided together with the findings from our ongoing environmental surveys and assessments.
The purpose of this second stage of consultation is to present our updated proposals and give you the opportunity to tell us what you think about how they have evolved. We would specifically like your feedback on our updated concept masterplan for the solar energy park, the way it will connect into the national grid at Cottam substation in Nottinghamshire, and the measures we're proposing to avoid or reduce the impacts associated with the project.
Because Gate Burton Energy Park is classified as an NSIP, this means that in line with the Planning Act 208 we are required by law to carry out a statutory stage of consultation.
This is our statutory consultation on our proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park. In accordance with Section 47 (6) of the Planning Act 2008 on 08 June 2022 we published a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) setting out details of how we plan to carry out this second stage of statutory consultation. You can read a copy of the SoCC here.
This is likely to be the last time we consult before we apply for consent, so this is your opportunity to tell us what you think about how and where we’re proposing to build the project while ensuring we do so in the most sympathetic manner.
Your views are important to us. They will be used to help us finalise our detailed proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park and submit our DCO application for the project to the Planning Inspectorate.
To develop our proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park we are carrying out a variety of environmental and engineering surveys to identify the most appropriate areas of the site for development, along with the route an electrical connection from the energy park to Cottam substation could follow.
You may notice an increased presence in the area as our team are conducting a number of surveys, including ecological and geophysical surveys. To ensure we continue to consult the relevant individuals as our proposals evolve, we have appointed Gateley Hamer to act on our behalf and write to landowners seeking confirmation about their interests in land and details of any occupiers.
Stage Two Consultation
22 Jun - 5 Aug 2022
Find out more about what we’re consulting on and how you can take part.Consultation
Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC)
In accordance with Section 47(6) of the Planning Act 2008, on 08 June 2022 we published a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) setting out how we are conducting Stage Two Statutory Consultation for Gate Burton Energy Park.Read our SoCC