Drakelow BESS

Battery Energy Storage system justified in open countryside location

Addressing environmental and community concerns

Meticulous sub-consultant coordination

Robust technical evidence and proactive stakeholder engagement

The application was located within the National Forest area and nearby to a large, planned residential development. The proposed BESS development was planned to connect in to the nearby Drakelow Substation adjacent to the Drakelow Power Station which had itself been subject to numerous proposals for redevelopment and modernization. The site had also been subject to a refused planning application for a gas peaking plant in recent years and therefore it was essential that the Council understood how the proposed BESS would align with green regeneration of the wider site area.


The key challenges were to resolve the noise and landscape impacts of the proposals and to justify the location of the site within an open countryside context and nearby to existing public rights of way and a planned residential development.


Use carefully vetted evidence base and commercially acceptable mitigation.


Constraints driven site selection from the outset is key to success with BESS schemes.

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