Britishvolt submit plans for £2.6bn Northumberland site

Plans to build a gigaplant in Cambois have formally been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:53 pm
An artist impression of the proposed Britishvolt £2.6bn gigaplant.

Britishvolt are pushing ahead with their proposals for the plant on the site of the former Blyth Power Station, which would create 3,000 jobs and a further 2,000 in the supply chain and construction.

The company submitted its plans to Northumberland County Council on Monday and are now urging residents to get behind the proposals and submit any positive comments once it appears on the authority's planning portal.

Peter Rolton, Britishvolt Chairman, said: “It’s a huge milestone for the Britishvolt project to get planning officially submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Britishvolt's proposed plans for the site.

"Britishvolt has been working closely with the planning department of Northumberland County Council and commend the professionalism throughout.

"We are very keen to get the project on site this summer, 2021, to ensure we can push forward to first production in 2023.

"We welcome support from the local community and stakeholders by commenting on the council planning port when it goes live.”

At the start of the year, around 115,000 letters were sent to local residents informing them of the proposals and asking for any feedback.

If planning approval is given, Britishvolt are hoping to start on site in September and start producing batteries for electric vehicles in 2023, where the first 1,000 jobs will be created.

The following two phases will each create 1,000 jobs, and to reach capacity by 2027.

Speaking in January to the News Post Leader, Mr Rolton said: “The site is perfect for us, it’s a former power station so is already connected to the National Grid, it has the deep-sea dock and we’re looking to re-open the old rail links as well to reduce the impact on nearby roads.

"Universally, there has been a good reaction from local people so far.”