Rachel has introduced new, tougher planning guidance for Battery Storage Energy Systems.
In her role as the Government’s Planning Minister, Rachel has confirmed regulations for industrial lithium-ion batteries will be updated to more properly take into account potential fire hazards.
These facilities will now require an industrial installations permit and planning guidance has been strengthened in response to concerns raised by communities about the safety of Battery Energy Storage Systems.
“I know from speaking to residents just how concerned they are about the safety of Battery Energy Storage Systems. I’ve listened and acted on their concerns, delivering strengthened planning guidance and conditions to ensure public safety.”