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. 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

The project is at an early stage of the development process. We are currently undertaking technical and environmental studies 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. In order to ensure we continue to consult the relevant individuals as our proposals evolve, we have appointed Gateley Hamer to write to landowners seeking confirmation about their interests in land and details of any occupiers.

In delivering our vision for the project, we want to ensure that those communities living and working in the area have a chance to inform and influence the development of our proposals from an early stage.

We held an initial stage of community consultation which ran from 11 January to 18 February 2022 to introduce Low Carbon, share details of our emerging proposals for the scheme and its connection into the existing electricity transmission system.

Primarily aimed at introducing Low Carbon and presenting our emerging proposals for the solar energy park, this consultation marked the first opportunity for individuals and interested parties living and working in the area tell us what they thought to inform and influence our proposals from an early stage in the development process.

The consultation closed on Friday 18 February 2022. We are reviewing all the feedback submitted to this first stage of consultation so, together with the findings from our ongoing environmental and technical studies, we can take it into consideration as we continue to refine and shape detailed plans for the project.

Further to developing more detailed proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park we will carry out a second stage of consultation. Anticipated as taking place later this year, this is required by the application process for NSIPs. We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming months.

This website provides information about who we are, our proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park so far, and information regarding the development consenting regime for an NSIP project and how you can get involved.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like help accessing information please contact our Community Relations team by:

If you require any of the documents and information relating to this consultation in an alternative format, please contact us using the details provided.

Community consultation closed

The first phase of consultation on the proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park ended on 18 February 2022. Thank you to all who provided feedback on the proposals.

What happens next

Proposed location of Gate Burton Energy Park

Proposed location of Gate Burton Energy Park
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