Consultation and engagement so far

In 2022, as part of the early-stage engagement for the Scheme, we held a series of collaboration workshops in the local area with elected representatives, such as local councillors and parish councils, along with environmental and community groups.

A summary of our engagement during our collaboration workshops, including how we have used comments to help refine the Scheme, is set out in the Post-collaboration workshop report, which is available on the ‘Documents Library’ page of this website. 

We held our statutory consultation for six weeks from 30 May to 11 July 2023. We would like to thank everyone who took part in this consultation and provide feedback. 

All information from our statutory consultation, including our Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) Report and non-technical summary (NTS), can still be viewed on the ‘Documents Library’ page of this website. 

Targeted statutory consultation – December 2023 to January 2024

The feedback from our Statutory Consultation has been considered and we have carried out further technical work. As a result of this, we have identified a total of 20 proposed changes to the draft Order limits relating to: 

  1. the refinement of the Cable Route Corridor to allow for access and public road improvements. This also ensures that the corridor is shared with the other solar nationally significant infrastructure projects in the vicinity of the scheme (being West Burton Solar Farm Project and Cottam Solar Farm Project, which are being developed by Island Green Power, and Gate Burton Solar Farm, which is being developed by Low Carbon). 
  2. minor changes to the Principal Site (where the solar photovoltaic panels and other  infrastructure would be sited) and ensuring that there is sufficient land for our access point in one location along the A631. 

We also proposed further changes as a result of a further land referencing exercise, where we have been able to clarify land ownership in certain locations. 

We consulted on these proposed changes to the scheme design between 14 December 2023 and 25 January 2024. This consultation happened in accordance with section 42 of the Planning Act 2008. 

The revisions to the draft Order limits presented during this consultation do not affect the conclusion of our PEI Report and no new significant environmental effects have been introduced as a result of them. 

Tillbridge Solar webinar June and July 2023

Next steps

Your feedback from both consultations helped us finalise our Scheme design ahead of submitting our application for development consent. The Planning Inspectorate has now accepted the application for a Development Consent Order for Tillbridge Solar.

A summary of the responses received throughout our pre-application consultation has been set out in a Consultation Report which can be accessed on the documents page on the Planning Inspectorate’s website here, alongside other documents.