Coylton Greener Grid Park

Statkraft has now submitted a major planning application (ref 23/0580/PP) to East Ayrshire Council in October 2023 for a Greener Grid Park on land adjacent to Coylton substation. This application represents Battery Energy Storage Scheme (BESS) with a capacity of 50MW.

Planning Background 

In October 2021, Statkraft submitted a local planning application for Coylton Greener Grid Park in East Ayrshire (ref: 21/0748/PP). In March 2022, we were successful in a bidding process to provide stability services for NGESO under Stability Pathfinder Phase 2  and subsequently received planning consent for the development from East Ayrshire Council in August 2022. The planning application received no objections during the planning process and this consented scheme has not been built. 

When we submitted the first application, NGESO had not confirmed their exact requirements for the project. Now they have confirmed these, we have submitted a new application to East Ayrshire Council, which will accurately represent the project and meet our obligations under our Stability contract with NGESO. This proposed scheme will replace the consented scheme. 

You can review the full planning application on the council’s planning portal here, using ref 23/0580/PP.

Why do we need Greener Grid Parks?

Project timeline

  • 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 East Ayrshire Council on the level of study required. We contact local Community Councils and consultees such as SNH, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland.


  • Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Await Decision

    An application is submitted to East Ayrshire 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

    The project is managed by a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.



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