Proposals regarding the planning system for electricity storage

Developers of energy storage projects above 50MW will be permitted to seek consent via the standard local authority planning application process rather than seeking a development consent order (DCO) through the national infrastructure regime, the government has confirmed.

In response to a consultation on planning for electricity storage, the Government states it will legislate to remove electricity storage, except pumped hydro, from the nationally significant infrastructure projects  regime in England and Wales. This means the primary consenting route for electricity storage (except pumped hydro) in England will be under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. In Wales, planning decisions for electricity storage (except pumped hydro) of any size will generally be consented by the relevant local planning authority under the TCPA regime, whereas currently this is only the case for electricity storage (except pumped hydro) below 350 MW.

The change in policy will be implemented via statutory instruments laid before parliament on 14 July. The statutory instruments will come into force 28 days after they are approved by Parliament.

Author: MHCLG

Date: 14 July 2020 Laid before parliament

This item updates DCP section 26.435

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