A battery storage unit will be built in Cottingham

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Dec 2017

Councillors have approved plans to build a battery storage facility in Cottingham.

East Riding Council’s Planning Committee has approved the construction of the 49.5MW battery storage facility by energy storage system developer Harmony Energy Storage.

The new facility will incorporate a total of 17 battery units and will be built on a two-acre site on land next to Creyke Beck substation.

Plans were approved last year for a 49.95MW gas-fired power plant now being developed on land to the north of the village, which would produce back-up power for around 50,000 homes at short notice.

The battery storage planning application was approved subject to conditions by the director of planning and economic regeneration, including conditions relating to the use of the southern access onto Dunswell Road.

When raised at planning committee, neighbouring Lawns Farm and Sandiacre objected to the proposals.

The report from the meeting states they objected due to concerns HGV traffic from the site could be disruptive to trains at the nearby crossing and the proposals could result in a loss of wildlife habitat and open countryside.

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The battery unit is being developed by Harmony Energy which builds, owns and operates an energy portfolio across the UK.

Peter Kavanagh, director of Harmony Energy, said: "The energy market and its technology has evolved dramatically since Harmony Energy was founded in 2010.

"Recent developments have been driven by the need to reduce fossil fuel from our energy mix.

Aerial photo of electricity sub station at Creyke Beck in Park Lane, Cottingham (Image: Jack Harland)

"Over the next three years, developments in energy storage combined with other renewable energysolutions could deliver the lowest cost energy available and will result in creating opportunities in the sector for developers and landowners.

"Because of this, landowners and consultants are increasingly looking at operations, assets and energy in totality to benefit from and deliver smart technology capabilities."

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Harmony Energy was advised on the move by Carter Jonas’ infrastructure and energy team.

Clare Davey, senior energy specialist at Carter Jonas, said: "This is the third planning approval for a battery storage facility that the team has achieved in the region in as many months, demonstrating a real momentum among our clients to realise the potential of sites.

"In many cases, only one or two acres of land is required to accommodate a commercial scale storage facility, as was the case in Cottingham.

"Here a number of factors were addressed to secure planning permission, including the sites flood risk potential, accessibility issues, cultural heritage and archaeology as well as the visual impact of the facility on neighbouring residents.

"We were able to present the committee with viable solutions to concerns raised by the local community and statutory consultees and we are extremely pleased to have assisted in the development of the grid balancing capabilities of the site."

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