BritishVolt’s £2.6 Billion Gigavolt Factory in Northumberland

Dentons has advised Britishvolt on securing planning permission for its £2.6bn battery Gigaplant situated on the former coal stocking yard of the Blyth power station in Northumberland.

The project will support production of lithium-ion batteries for the UK car industry, as well as exports, and provide up to 3,000 direct and highly-skilled jobs and around 5,000 more in the wider supply chain.  

The development supports the UK government in developing current and future generations of battery technology that is of strategic importance to the UK’s manufacturing sector and key to sustaining its valuable domestic automotive industry. The application involved solutions for contaminated land, open watercourses and securing net biodiversity gains.

Planning permission was granted by Northumberland County Council, by unanimous decision, 20 July 2021, with production expected to start by 2023.

Dentons’ UK Planning & Public Law team was led by Roy Pinnock (Picture).

Involved fees earner: Roy Pinnock – Dentons;

Law Firms: Dentons;

Clients: BritishVolt;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler