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Necton Greener Grid Park
About Necton Greener Grid Park
The Necton Greener Grid Park is a pioneering project that will help achieve zero-carbon emissions in Britain by increasing the stability of the electricity grid and the amount of renewable energy being delivered onto the grid network. Following local consultation in Spring 2023, a planning application has now been submitted to Breckland Council. This has been given the application reference number 3PL/2023/0848/F and is available to view and comment on the planning portal.
We ran a public consultation in March and are grateful to all those who participated. We have since published an update to our design including how our landscaping and drainage plans changed in response to local feedback. Read the Necton update here.
Why do we need Greener Grid Parks?
Greener Grid Parks are a collection of buildings, containing zero carbon technology which stabilise the grid, allowing more renewable energy to be transmitted through the network. They are not a wind or solar farm, the buildings resemble agricultural barns, storage units or shipping containers.
A Greener Grid Park has large electrical machines with flywheels (called synchronous compensators) that can replace the spinning turbines of a traditional power station but without emitting any carbon dioxide.
It means that GB’s energy system will be able to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy without relying on coal and gas-fired turbines.
Stage 1: Site Selection
Extensive research to identify suitable sites. No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning
We request the view of Breckland Council on the level of study required. We contact local elected representatives and consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Await Decision
An application is submitted to Breckland Council, accompanied by a comprehensive Planning Report and Environmental Assessments showing the results of all studies undertaken.
Stage 4: Construction
If the project is approved, construction typically takes 18 months. Planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation
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