Low Carbon launched Beacon Fen Energy Park in Spring 2023. By engaging and speaking with key stakeholders and local communities early, we have begun to shape the proposals.
We are adopting a two-stage consultation approach – an early (non-statutory) consultation, which closed on June 18th, and a statutory consultation planned for Winter 2023/24.
Early (Non-statutory) Consultation
Our early (non-statutory) consultation phase closed on Sunday 18 June 2023.
During the consultation we:
- Held three in-person consultation events and two online webinars
- Met with a number of local parish/town councils to brief them on the proposed project
- Held meetings with county and district councillors
- Visited many near neighbours to the proposed site to discuss the project with them
The feedback received from stakeholders is vital in informing the developing proposals for Beacon Fen Energy Park. Thanks to all of the local residents who provided their input. You can view a summary of our early (non-statutory) consultation feedback in our latest newsletter here.
We held three in-person events at key local sites throughout the five-week consultation. This enabled us to present our latest plans, while also giving the local community the opportunity to speak directly to the team and ask any questions. A further two webinars were also organised, giving those people who were unable to attend an event, but who wanted to find out more, further chances to do so. The webinars were recorded and can be seen below.
Separately, our Environmental Impact Assessment scoping request was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, which returned a Scoping Opinion on 26 May 2023. You can view the Scoping Opinion here.
Following the initial early (non-statutory) consultation and the community and stakeholder feedback received, we withdrew Beacon Fen South from our Development Consent Order application in July 2023. We will be progressing with solar and battery storage development at Beacon Fen North –now to be called Beacon Fen Energy Park. You can read more about this decision here.