We first introduced you to our initial proposals during a non-statutory consultation held between June and July 2019. These are for a new solar energy farm and battery storage facility connecting to the Burwell National Grid Substation in Cambridgeshire that would allow for the generation, storage, import, and export of electricity.
Since then, we have considered the feedback we received from the non-statutory consultation and have continued with our environmental impact assessments. We have updated our proposals taking into account the consultation feedback and the outputs of the assessments. As a result, we are now seeking your views on our design proposals and the preliminary outcomes of our environmental impact assessments.
We are required to carry out this statutory consultation process because the Scheme is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Planning Act 2008.
Following the consultation, we will have regard to all the feedback received through this process as we develop the final Scheme. We will then prepare and submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The process for the application will be managed by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).