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.
Following this, we considered the feedback we received from the non-statutory consultation and continued with our environmental impact assessments. We updated our proposals taking into account the consultation feedback and the outputs of the assessments. At the statutory consultation held between 22 September and 18 December 2020 we sought your views on our updated design proposals and the preliminary outcomes of our environmental impact assessments.
We were required to carry out the statutory consultation process because the Scheme is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Planning Act 2008.
Now that the consultation has closed, 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).