The development process

Gate Burton Energy Park is anticipated as having a generation capacity of around 500MW. The amount of electricity the scheme could generate means that it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).


The development consenting regime for an NSIP comes under the Planning Act 2008. This means we need to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Gate Burton Energy Park. This would be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate rather than a local planning authority.

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 our scheme.

We anticipate that the development process through DCO submission and examination will take between two to three years. We intend to submit our proposals to the Planning Inspectorate late 2022 / early 2023 then, subject to achieving consent, the earliest construction would start is early 2025.

Pre-application consultation

Public consultation forms an important part of the pre-application process for NSIPs. Early and ongoing engagement will serve to inform and influence the design process with local councils, stakeholders and residents, all having an important role to play.

The development of our proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park will be an iterative process and we welcome views at any time. However, prior to submitting a DCO application for the project we will hold two specific stages of consultation where we will be asking for feedback and views.

Stage One Consultation - 11 Jan to 18 Feb 2022

This first stage of consultation was non-statutory. The aim of this consultation was to introduce Low Carbon and the overall project and share our early-stage proposals for the project to give people the opportunity to share their views and local knowledge.

Feedback submitted to this consultation will help us better understand those aspects of our early-stage proposals for the solar energy park that people would like us to prioritise as we continue to shape refine a detailed design for the scheme.

We will use all the feedback submitted to this consultation to inform and shape a strong set of proposals that are sensitive to and respect concerns of those local communities closest to the development.

Stage Two Consultation - Summer 2022

Further to us developing more detailed proposals for the project, a second stage of consultation will then be carried out. This is a statutory stage of consultation during which we will provide information, and ask for your feedback, on:

  • The specific location of equipment required for the energy park
  • The route the grid connection from the energy park to Cottam substation will follow
  • How the project will be built
  • The measures we are proposing to put in place to minimise the project's environmental impact

Statement of community consultation (SoCC)

Ahead of Stage Two consultation we will publish a SoCC setting out how we will engage with and obtain feedback from the local community on our detailed proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park.

As the developer for the project, we then have a duty to demonstrate how we have had regard to the comments received during statutory consultation when finalising our application for development consent.

You can find more information about the application process for NSIP projects on the Planning Inspectorate website at:

Development process timeline

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