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Public Consultation

Solar and Storage

Riddings Lane Solar and Storage

49.9MW
Solar Capacity
20MW
Energy Storage Capacity
12,740
Homes Powered
10,700 tonnes
Carbon Saved
Up to 104
Hectares of Land

Introduction

Welcome to the Riddings Lane Solar and Energy Storage System (‘ESS’) project website. Innova is working on a proposal for a 49.9MW solar farm with a 20MW energy storage system on land south of Riddings Lane, Gleaston.  

This development site comprises roughly 103 hectares which includes approximately 17ha for ecological mitigation.  

The proposal would support the UKs transition to Net Zero through increased use of renewable energy and supporting the availability of energy to the National Grid. If constructed, the site could meet the power demands of roughly 12,740 homes and offset 10,700 tonnes of CO2 every year. 

Innova is currently undertaking a number of site surveys in preparation for a planning application. Most recently, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening request was submitted to Westmorland and Furness Council for the proposed Development (ref: SE/2023/0005). The Council issued their EIA Screening Opinion in October 2023, confirming the proposal does not constitute an EIA Development.  

Why do we want to develop here?

The site, off Riddings Lane, south of Gleaston is located close to a suitable connection point to the National Grid. It offers a sufficient amount of land, with an available landowner, to enable a development. The development site has been selected as it is not subject to any national or local designations and suitable measures can be applied to provide sufficient screening and ecological enhancement areas. 

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Current planning process status

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Ongoing

Public Consultation

The Community Consultation process is ongoing following an information event held in Gleaston village on January 11th.

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TBC

Revise Proposals

This will be confirmed following the consultation event

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TBC

Planning application submission

Our planning application submission is due to take place in 2024 following the consultation event.

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TBC

Decision on application

This will be confirmed following submission of the planning application.

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TBC

Construction commencement

Due to grid availability, construction is expected to commence in 2028.

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The Location

We are proposing a Solar and Battery Energy Storage project on land south of Riddings Lane, near Gleaston, South Cumbria. 

To date, we have received an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion from Westmorland & Furness Council which states they do not consider the site to be EIA development. (ref: SE/2023/0005). This was informed by early work on landscape and ecology.  

Specialist Environmental Surveys 

We are currently undertaking site surveys and initial desktop work which will support the planning application. These surveys have been guided by pre-application advice and the EIA Screening Opinion issues by the Council. The following notable work has been undertaken to date:  

Construction Information

The need for renewable and energy storage developments

There is a demonstrable and urgent requirement for the development of renewable energy to meet net zero targets and ensure security of the UK energy supply. The UK’s legally binding requirement is to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Solar energy plays a vital part in the commitment to decarbonise energy supply in the UK and to the transition to low carbon energy to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, such as gas. 

Westmorland and Furness Council have committed to ensuring that the area it serves is carbon net zero by 2037. The proposed development will provide a significant amount of renewable energy which will help in meeting local and national climate targets.  

Share your feedback

The Community Consultation process is ongoing following an information event held in Gleaston village on January 11th. Please see the information boards and leaflet within the website and follow the link below to share your feedback.