Town House Farm, Energi Generation, p planning documents

The 250 MW battery energy storage system would feature a 400/33kV substation. Credit: via planning documents

Battery energy storage system lined up for South Lakeland

Energi Generation’s 250 MW facility would be delivered on a six-acre plot at Town House Farm near Old Hutton.

The power generation firm has submitted a screening request to build a 250 MW battery energy storage system across two grazing fields in South Lakeland.

Proposals for the storage facility include a 400/33kV substation, batteries and power conversion systems, a switch room, a control room, and an office.

Energy would be sourced from the adjacent National Grid 400kV connection point when too much is being generated, before being transformed down to 33kV by the substation. This power would then be transformed from AC to DC by the conversion system and stored in the batteries until it is needed.

Plans will be designed “to minimise any impact on the surrounding landscape and character of the area and will incorporate biodiversity enhancement spaces into the scheme”, according to the screening request report.

These biodiversity measures include the retention of hedgerows and the creation of wildlife grassland.

It is estimated that the development would have a lifespan of around 40 years. At the end of its useful life, the facility would be decommissioned and the site would return back to grazing land.

ADAS Planning is the planning consultant for the scheme.

To learn more about the plans, search for application number SE/2023/0004 on Westmorland and Furness Council’s planning portal.

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This a brilliant scheme , it would be interesting to know what it will be powering, and all planned by ASDA ? I thought they only sold groceries. Also, does anyone else want to play that giant keyboard?

By Anonymous

Behind all the pretty planning speak lies a cynical plan to create an industrial scale battery storage development on a green field site in the quiet village of Middleshaw. It is totally opposed by residents and threatens to have a devastating impact on the village by substantially increasing the risk of flooding in the village. The power harvested from the grid and then resupplied will be for Manchester, not Kendal, so why is this development not nearer the city? Trafford’s massive battery storage project is on a green energy park – this is planned for a green field site without the infrastructure to support it.

By Chris Nelson

I re read the article then realised where it was being built. Nice idea, entirely the wrong place.

By Anonymous

As someone living in Middleshaw this massive battery development storage application is being planned in totally the wrong area. It is more suitable for a brown field site and not a green field site as there will major impact for wildlife, noise, environment and unsuitable access.

By Anonymous

As a resident of Middleshaw iam against the proposed planning application for battery storage at Old Hutton.
My concerns are for the wildlife, flooding, residents, farm stock, and the pupils at Old Hutton primary school.

By Anonymous

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