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Planning secured for new energy storage scheme in Burnley

Planning permission has been granted for a new battery energy storage scheme (BESS) on a brownfield site in Burnley.

Energy Planning Limited, the specialist energy division of planning consultancy PWA Planning Group, made the application to Burnley Borough Council on behalf of Larkfleet Group Limited.

Located on Holme Road, the planned development will be able to store up to 11MW of power and facilitate the deployment of renewable energy.

BESS units enable UK power networks to manage electricity demand at peak times without building excess capacity – and are often chosen as alternatives to fossil fuel projects.

The technology also provides advantages over other energy storage systems, such as greater efficiency, faster response times, and lower costs.

The batteries will be stored in six individual containers within the existing fencing on-site, with some minor additions to the infrastructure to ensure the scheme is secure.

Louise Leyland, associate at Energy Planning, said: “We’re delighted to have supported Larkfleet Group with yet another development.

“As infrastructure like this becomes more common in the UK, our Energy Planning team will continue to help companies navigate the planning process and provide the energy network with more vital grid balancing services.”

This is the second energy storage scheme secured by PWA Planning for Larkfleet Group, having recently received permission on a similar facility in Paisley, Scotland.

Simon Evans, director of operations at the Larkfleet Group, said: “Our latest development will continue our contribution to the government’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2050, we’re extremely grateful to the Energy Planning team in helping us gain planning approval.”

Established in 2005, the Larkfleet Group of companies is an award-winning developer of sustainable energy projects, investor in sustainability focused research and development (R&D) projects, and a provider of energy-efficiency improvements for new and existing buildings.

Energy Planning was launched by PWA in 2022 to support clients in the renewable energy sector and provide planning services for energy storage, solar and wind projects.

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