Gate Burton Energy Park

Low Carbon is developing 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

Since holding an initial stage of community consultation on our emerging proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park in early 2022, we have continued to shape and refine our proposals taking into consideration feedback submitted to the consultation alongside the findings from ongoing studies and surveys.

We then held a second stage of consultation between Wednesday 22 June and Friday 5 August 2022 giving people the opportunity to tell us what they thought about our updated proposals and how they had evolved since our earlier consultation, so they could continue to inform and influence the development process.

This consultation specifically invited feedback on our updated concept masterplan for the solar energy park, the way it would connect into Cottam substation, and the measures we're proposing to avoid or reduce the impacts associated with the project.

We are really grateful to everyone who took part in both of these consultation and would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all those people attended in the events we held and provided us with their views and comments.

We are now in the process of reviewing our proposals in light of all the feedback we received along with the findings from our ongoing assessments to finalise our detailed plans for Gate Burton Energy Park.

When we are happy that our proposals are ready, we will then submit our application for development consent to Planning Inspectorate (PINS). We anticipate this will be early 2023.

You can find out more about what happens when our application is submitted HERE.

Survey work

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 the presence of our teams carrying out various ecological and geophysical surveys in the area. To ensure we are engaging with the relevant individuals as our proposals evolve, we have appointed Gateley Hamer to act on our behalf and speak with landowners to confirm about their interests in land and details of any occupiers.

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