EcoDev Plans Battery Storage Facility on Farmland Near Gravesend to Meet Renewable Energy Demands

EcoDev Proposes Battery Storage Facility on Farmland Near Gravesend

Plans have been submitted by energy firm EcoDev to build a battery storage facility on farmland between Southfleet and the A2 near Gravesend. The proposed Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) would be the size of seven-and-a-half football pitches and have a storage capacity of 300 megawatts (MW). If approved, it would serve as an enabling technology for renewable energy generation in the area.

According to EcoDev, there is a growing need for renewable energy sources to meet the UK’s energy demands. The company believes that large-scale developments such as this one are necessary to secure and protect energy supplies for the future. The proposed site is currently used for storage and would require the construction of an access road, storage facility, and substation.

The plans also include measures to improve biodiversity, such as planting native species of plants, trees, and hedgerows. The facility would be unmanned during operation and monitored remotely, with maintenance visits occurring rarely. EcoDev also states that the site would have minimal impact on the surrounding area, with no need for permanent lighting and only infrared lighting for security cameras.

The proposed location falls within Dartford council’s jurisdiction, where stricter planning rules apply due to its proximity to the London Borough of Bexley. This land is part of the metropolitan green belt, which aims to protect green spaces from development. However, EcoDev argues that developments like this are essential in achieving net zero emissions and ensuring energy security.

This is not the first time a BESS has faced opposition in Kent. In February, Swale council voted against a safety plan for a different BESS of 150 MW, which was part of the controversial Cleve Hill Solar Farm project near Faversham. The council’s decision has sent the developers back to the drawing board.

As the demand for renewable energy continues to rise, it is likely that more proposals for large-scale developments, like the one in Southfleet, will be submitted. With strict planning regulations in place, it will be important for developers to consider the impact on the environment and local communities in their proposals. The decision on the BESS facility in Southfleet will ultimately lie with Dartford council, who will carefully consider all factors before making a ruling.

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