Pre-Application Consultation

Flushing, Peterhead

Thank you for your interest in Harmony Energy’s Pre-Application Consultation regarding the prospective Major Application at Land north of Longside Road (A950), Flushing, Peterhead. We look forward to answering any questions you may have about the scheme.

Harmony Energy

Proposal in Brief

This Pre-Application Consultation is held in relation to the proposed development is for a 400MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) on Land north of Longside Road (A950), Flushing, Peterhead.

Key Facts

01

The site has been chosen because it is immediately next to the proposed Peterhead 400kV Substation. This makes it more efficient to connect the batteries to the electricity network and reduces energy losses.

02

There are already around 130 battery energy storage sites operating successfully in the UK, with thousands more worldwide.

03

The scheme will be designed to the highest quality with substantial landscaping proposed to ensure the site is sufficiently screened. It is not anticipated that there will be any detrimental impact to the residential amenity of any of the properties within the vicinity of the proposed BESS. Noise Impact Assessments will be undertaken to confirm this.

04

There is no issue with toxic gases or emissions from battery energy storage systems.

05

Community Wealth Building, in line with Scotland’s planning polices will be explored with the local planning authority to maximise economic growth for the local and regional area.

06

Through a combination of new planting, creation of SuDS pond, development would enhance local biodiversity, creating habitat for birds, animals and insects.

Our PDF boards can be accessed using the link below and contain details of the proposed development.

The Proposed Design

The preferred site location is, at this time, predominantly led by the prevailing topography, avoiding higher ground to the east and so minimising visibility.

The location further seeks to avoid areas of flood risk, sensitive features, such as burns and hedgerows wherever possible.

To ensure the development is appropriate for the site, a full suite of technical environmental assessments have been instructed including:

  • Flood and Drainage Assessment
  • Ecology Surveys and Enhancement
  • Transport and Construction Management Plan
  • Noise Assessment
  • Landscape and Visual Impact
  • Archaeology

Proposed Design Options

These are the proposed design options for the 400MW Battery Energy Storage System.

Planning Policy Context

The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF 4) was approved by Scottish Government in February 2023 and sets out the overarching policy aims for development.

Pre-application consultation will be held with Aberdeenshire Planning Authority and the Energy Consents Unit (ECU). NPF 4 states that “When considering all development proposals significant weight will be given to the global climate and nature crises.”

The proposal will contribute towards achieving net zero targets. The BESS development is defined by the NPF4 as “Essential Infrastructure”.

"Flexible technologies like batteries will form part of the UK’s smarter electricity grid, supporting the integration of more low-carbon power, heat and transport technologies, which it is estimated could save the UK energy system up to £40 billion by 2050."

Timeline

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Event No.1- Comments by 11th July 2024
Pre-application submission to ECU and AC
Submission of screening request to ECU and AB
Developed design
Event No. 2- TBC
Submission of Planning Application
Anticipated Decision
Discharge of conditions
Commence Construction
Transmission Commencement
27th June, 2024
28th June 2024
July 2024
September 2024
September 2024
October 2024
Autumn/Winter 2025
2026/2027
2029
2033/2034

Feedback

We welcome your comments on our initial proposals and would be grateful if you could provide some feedback in the form below.

Alternatively, we are happy for you to email us or call us on 0131 226 7225.

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About Harmony Energy

Harmony Energy is a Yorkshire-based business that is committed to generating and storing renewable energy with a view to helping the creation of a clean energy future. Founded in 2010, Harmony Energy is one of the UK’s leading developers, owners and operators of utility-scale battery energy storage like the one proposed here, operating over 1GWh in the UK today with a further European pipeline of over 13GW

If you have any queries, please contact us via email or you can call us on 0131 226 7225.