Berwickshire battery storage plant set for approval

Sunday June 11th 2023


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Paul Kelly

A new battery storage plant in Berwickshire will contribute to the drive towards net zero emissions, a planning committee will be told this week.

A bid has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council for the construction and operation of a battery electrical storage system facility on two fields west of Eccles Substation at Coldstream.

Members of the council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee will be recommended to give the plant the go-ahead when they meet on Thursday.

The applicant, Eccles Grid Stability Limited, wants to construct 40 battery units arranged in 10 blocks of four on the site, in addition to ten 11kV transformers and power conversion blocks, a substation, switch and maintenance rooms and surrounding security fencing.

The development will not generate electricity, instead, it provides a location where it can be imported, stored and exported to meet the demands of the grid network.

In recommending approval, Scott Shearer, SBC’s chief planning officer, says: “The development would contribute towards meeting Scottish Government national energy targets and the transition towards net zero.

“The proposal would result in some minor landscape and visual impacts but these will be localised and will not result in unacceptable adverse impacts, subject to suitable landscaping/boundary treatments and agreement of the final appearance of the equipment.”

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