Final call for views on proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park
Fri Jul 22 2022
- Consultation on proposals due to close on 05 August 2022
- Local community encouraged to provide views on updated proposals for the solar energy park and grid connection
- Feedback submitted to this consultation will be used to finalise proposals before the application to the Planning Inspectorate is submitted later this year
Low Carbon is urging people to take part in the second stage of consultation on its updated proposals to build a new solar and energy storage park on land near Gate Burton, Lincolnshire, which is due to close on Friday, 5th August 2022.
Running over six weeks, the consultation gives local communities and interested parties the opportunity to learn more about the refined proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park and share their views with Low Carbon.
Low Carbon is specifically seeking feedback on its updated masterplan for the solar energy park, the route an electrical connection could take from the site into Cottam substation to export the electricity the scheme generates on to the national grid, as well as the measures proposed to reduce the potential impacts associated with the project.
Views and suggestions for community benefits and local initiatives Low Carbon could support to directly benefit those communities closest to the proposed energy park are also being invited.
Mike Rutgers, Development Director at Low Carbon said: “It’s really important to us that as many people as possible share their thoughts on our refined proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park. Low Carbon is committed to having a lasting and positive impact on climate change and we want to ensure that communities living and working in the area have a chance to inform and influence the proposals we’re developing.
“We’ve already received a good amount of feedback, but we’d really like to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet shared their views with us. We’re conscious there are other large-scale solar schemes being proposed in the area which are currently undertaking public consultation, so we’d really appreciate people taking the time to articulate their views to us directly on Gate Burton Energy Park specifically.
“There is still time for people to submit their thoughts to this consultation. The deadline for getting feedback to us is Friday 05 August 2022.”
Low Carbon will consider all the feedback submitted to this consultation together with the findings from ongoing technical and environmental studies to help finalise the details for the project before submitting an application to the Planning Inspectorate later this year.
In the case of energy-related development, the Planning Inspectorate acts on behalf of the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Planning Inspectorate will carry out an examination of our proposals and then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State on whether or not to grant consent for the development. The Secretary of State for BEIS will then make the final decision on whether to grant consent for the scheme.
Anybody wanting to find out more and submit their views can go to the project website – www.gateburtonenergypark.co.uk – to submit their feedback to the consultation. Alternatively they can write an email or letter to the project team (see contact details below) or contact the project team directly to request a hard copy of the feedback form. This can be returned to the project team using the Freepost address – so no stamp is required.
For any enquiries the project team can be reached using any of the following methods:
- Freephone: 0800 860 6259
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: FREEPOST GATE BURTON ENERGY PARK