Battery storage facility rejected in green belt

A 49.9 megawatt battery storage facility on part of an agricultural field in the south Gloucestershire green belt, for a 25-year period, was refused permission by an inspector.

The proposal would involve 38 shipping style containers on concrete plinths, along with a customer substation and switch room, a transformer and associated apparatus, all inside a palisade perimeter fence with access via a new track, all within part of an agricultural field.

Acknowledging the value of the facility to the electricity supply network, the inspector nevertheless decided the primarily operational development located in an area of rural character undiminished by an existing but fairly well screened substation and associated pylons would causes moderate harm. He also found the development inappropriate in a green belt and without the very special circumstances necessary to outweigh the harm, he dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: J Tudor; Written representations

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