INRG SOLAR (Little Crow) Ltd is proposing to develop a renewable led energy scheme near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. The site sits between the British Steel works at Scunthorpe and the village of Broughton. The development is called 'Little Crow Solar Park'
The subsidy free project could have a generating capacity in excess of 150MW of photovoltaic panels and 90MW of battery storage. This would be enough to power approximately 40,000 homes a year, more than half of the households in the North Lincolnshire area.
WHERE IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?
Little Crow Solar Park is in Lincolnshire and is situated 2.5km northwest of the village of Broughton and directly to the east of the British steelworks at Scunthorpe.
WHAT IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?
The main elements of the development are the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a ground mounted solar park with a maximum design capacity in excess of 150MWp and 90MW of battery storage capacity.
The photovoltaic panels would be laid out in straight arrays set at an angle of c. 20 degrees from east to west across the field enclosures. The distance between the arrays would respond to topography but would typically be between 3.5 metres to 6 metres. The top north edges of the panels would be up to 3.5m above ground level and the lower edges of the panels would be approximately 0.8 meters above ground level. The arrays would be static.
An operational lifespan of 35 years would be sought.
The development also includes a package of landscape. ecological and biodiversity benefits. Land between and beneath the panels would be used for biodiversity enhancements and seasonal sheep grazing.
Construction is anticipated to take circa 11 months. It is proposed that construction traffic will arrive from the M180 junction 4, the A15, the A18, the B1208 and the B1207 to the site access. No construction vehicles associated with the development proposal would travel through Broughton.
Our ambition is to deliver a scheme that helps to address national and local electricity needs by providing a cost effective and renewable source of clean energy for current and future generations.
By virtue of its potential generating capacity, which stands at over 50MW, this development constitutes a National Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Therefore, instead of applying to the North Lincolnshire Council for Planning Permission, the applicant must apply to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The process for applying for a DCO is set out in the Planning Act 2008.
In advance of an application for a DCO being submitted, the Planning Act 2008 requires the applicant to consult widely. Our second phase of consultation is now being undertaken and runs from Monday 3rd December 2018 to Monday 4th March 2019 in accordance with the Little Crow Solar Park Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC).
We invite you to community events taking place on:
Tuesday 11th December 2018 Appleby Village Hall, School Lane Scunthorpe DN15 0AS
Wednesday 12th December 2018 Scunthorpe Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1AB
Monday 17th December 2018 Broughton Village Hall, 59 High Street, Broughton. DN20 0JX
Each Session will be open from 2.30pm until 7.00pm
Our consultation events will give you the opportunity to view our full suite of consultation materials on the detailed proposals. These consultation materials will include:
- Little Crow Solar Park Preliminary Environmental Information Report
- Little Crow Solar Park PEIR Non-Technical Summary
- Little Crow Solar Park Statement of Community Consultation
- Public Exhibition Display Boards
- Community materials including maps, technical reports and plans that can be reviewed at the event.
- Copies of the section 48 notice (copy of our advert in the local newspaper)
- Latest edition of the Project Newsletter
All these documents are available to download from this website (see below). They are also available to view at the following locations during the consultation period.
- Scunthorpe central library
- Park library
- Bottesford library
- North Lincolnshire Civic Centre
The consultation period has now ended on the Monday 4th March 2019
- Little Crow Solar Park layout (click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar Park Sections (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar Park newsletter (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar Park PEIR NTS (Click here to view)
- Little Crow PEIR Vol 1 Statement LR (Click here to view)
- Little Crow PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 1 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 2 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 3 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 4. (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 5 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 6 (click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 7 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 8 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Vol 2 Appendices Part 9 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar PEIR Appendices Part 10 (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar Park Section 48 Notice (Click here to view)
- Little Crow Solar Park SOCC (click here to view)
WHAT IS THE DCO PROCESS?
- Below is a summary of the DCO process, we are now at the pre-application stage:
- Pre-application-INRG Solar (Little Crow) Ltd notifies and consults the public, statutory consultees and those with an interest in the affected land on its proposed application.
- Submission-INRG Solar (Little Crow) Ltd will review the feedback received during consultation and finalise the proposals, taking the feedback into account. A DCO application will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
- Acceptance- after the application is submitted, the Planning Inspectorate will decide whether it is suitable for examination.
- Pre-examination - if accepted for examination, there will be an opportunity for people to register their interest in the application with the Planning Inspectorate. Anyone registered will be kept informed of the process of the application by the Planning Inspectorate. Planning Inspectorate will invite all those registered to a preliminary meeting that will explain the timetable and format of the examination.
- Examination - the examination lasts approximately six months. People who have registered their interests will be able to take part in the examination and send their comments to the Planning Inspectorate.
- Decision - following the examination, the Planning Inspectorate will make its recommendation on the application to the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of State has the final decision as to whether consent is to be granted.
Further information on the Planning Inspectorate and the planning process can be found here https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?
- Significant levels of annual income will be generated for Lincolnshire to invest in local services over the projected lifespan of the solar park.
- Subsidy free. Little Crow Solar Park will not require Government subsidies. Solar is one of the most cost-effective sources of electricity generation in the UK.
- Little Crow Solar Park would save annually 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to 15,000 diesel cars.
- Little crow would provide much needed power supply into the local network to support the development of local business.
- Ensure security of supply in the Lincolnshire area through more local energy generation.
- Solar is safe and UK energy supply will be more resilient and less reliable on imported energy (e.g gas).
- Through bio diversity enhancements a net bio diversity gain is anticipated across the site. Solar Parks are also very beneficial to the local biodiversity click here to read recent survey
- The land will continue in agriculture and will be grazed by sheep for the duration of the solar park.
- Our proposal includes in excess of 90MW of battery storage. Solar power can be stored through battery storage, distributing power to the grid when demand is at its greatest.
WHY IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK IMPORTANT?
- Due to the recognised effects of global warming and the age of our largely fossil fuel based electricity generation supply, the UK has committed to significantly increase the growth of renewable electricity generation whilst maintaining the security of supply and wholesale energy prices at acceptable levels.
- The proposed Little Crow Solar Park aims to provide an essential part of the solution to the UK's future clean energy requirements without requiring government subsidies.
- Little Crow Solar Park is proposing to use storage battery technologies, which would store any excess of the power produced and distribute it to the grid when it’s needed the most.
- Almost 25% of the existing UK’s electricity generating capacity is due to close by 2024. There is a current need for new, clean, dependable and cost effective sources of electricity generation to keep UK lights on. In addition, the UK’s stated climate change targets are transforming the UK's power supply to modern and clean forms of power generation. As part of this transformation, we will need cost effective solar power to meet our clean energy targets.
HOW WILL THE LOCAL AREA BENEFIT?
The Little Crow Solar Park could bring substantial investment to Lincolnshire over a minimum period of 25 years. As a significant local business, Little Crow Solar Park will be contributing substantial business rates on an annual basis to the local councils. Based on current estimates of the potential generation capacity of Little Crow Solar Park, the estimated revenue generated for Lincolnshire will be in excess of £15,0000,00 over the lifetime of the solar park.
Local business will benefit from the construction and maintenance of the solar park.
WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?
- Proposals for the Solar Park include a solar array, which will provide clean renewable electricity to the national grid to power UK homes.
- There will be electrical connection infrastructure to connect the solar park to the existing local 132kV electrical network on site. This is situated within the proposed solar park.
- It is proposed to include an energy storage solution so that Little Crow Solar Park can store the Sun’s power and distribute it to the grid when it is needed the most.
- Land will be provided for ecological mitigation and enhancement, with particular consideration to flora and fauna.
Little Crow Solar Park is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), as it is proposed to have a generating capacity exceeding 50MW. We will be applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) through the Planning Inspectorate. The application will be determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
A DCO application is planned to be submitted in Q2 2019.
PHASE ONE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Phase One community consultation events were held in January 2018 and this included three public exhibitions. Comments provided by the local community who attended the events have been taken into account in shaping the latest development layout.
- We completed phase one drop-in sessions at Appleby village hall on the 16th January, Scunthorpe civic centre on the 17th January and Broughton village hall on the 18th January 2018. The sessions were attended by over seventy people including District and Parish Councillors. A full report will be issued with our final planning application.
- Further to our phase one events and consultation with North Lincolnshire council, we have scheduled phase two of our local public consultations. These will take place in December 2018 and will be advertised via social media, local papers, national publications, and on this website prior to the event.
- We completed phase two of our community drop- in consultations on the 11th Dec. (Appleby village hall) , 12th Dec. (Scunthorpe civic centre) and 17th December 2018 (Broughton village hall). The sessions were attended by over forty people. In addition to these meeting, we will be present at the Broughton Town Council on the 28th January 2019 and the Appleby and Santon Parish Council meeting on the 14th January 2019.
- In addition to our public presentations, we have been working with North Lincolnshire Council and the local business community to gather a database of local enterprises who can provide goods and services during the project's construction and future maintenance. On September 12th 2018 we held a briefing event at Scunthorpe Civic Centre where interested parties could visit and register their business interest in the Little Crow project. Almost one hundred business attended and all registered parties will be kept informed of developments as the project progresses through the permitting process.
- If you would like to register your companies interest, simply use this link to access the registration website. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LittleC
- A scoping opinion under regulation 10 of the infrastructure planning (Environmental Impact Assesment) regulations (2017), has been submitted to the planning inspectorate (PINS). The 42 day scoping period commenced on 19th December 2018 and a scoping opinion is expected by 30th January 2019.
- A meeting with Appleby parish council is scheduled for the 14th January 2019.
- A meeting with Broughton parish council is scheduled for the 28th January 2019.
- On 25 January 2019 the Planning Inspectorate released its Scoping Opinion for the Little Crow Solar Park. The document provides the Secretary of State's written opinion as to the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement which will be submitted with the application for the development consent. The document can be viewed here
- Formal consultation has now closed. Consideration is being taken of all responses received during the consultation period and our team is working towards the production of our final development consent order application
- During June 2019 we continued our archaeological evaluation works on the site by way of targetted trial trenching. The location of all of the trenches was agreed in advance with North Lincolnshire council.
- Preparation of the formal submission is in its final stages and is scheduled to be submitted to the planning inspectorate in early October 2020.
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