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.
Date: 14 July 2020 Laid before parliament
This item updates DCP section 26.435