The consultation process
Five Estuaries is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and as such as duty to consult with stakeholders in accordance with the Planning Act 2008 [link]. We are happy to receive comments on our plans at any time but there will specific points during the project development process when we provide particular pieces of information for comment and undertake a formal consultation process. Any specific deadline for comments on this information will be advertised when it is provided. Your comments and feedback will help us shape a meaningful two-way consultation on the proposed plans and will form part of the decision-making process in terms of the final development we put forward.
We plan to host consultation events on our draft proposals for the wind farm in 2022. The pre-application consultation will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and interested parties to review our proposals and submit feedback. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for interested stakeholders including those local to the proposed development, to provide feedback. Therefore we plan to host a number of consultation events over two phases (informal and formal), both virtually and covid allowing, in-person. In the meantime we invite you to explore the website, sign up for the project newsletters, and give us your feedback via the Contact Us page. We welcome and appreciate all comments and feedback.
The project team submitted a formal request to The Planning Inspectorate for a Scoping Opinion under the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (as amended) on the 30th September 2021. This request was accompanied by a Scoping Report which provides information about the wind farm, including its location; its nature and purpose; and the proposed approach to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. This Scoping Report is intended to facilitate formal consultation with The Planning Inspectorate and relevant consultees in the EIA process, inviting them to provide information and to comment on the proposed approach to the EIA. This process aims to ensure that a robust Environmental Statement is prepared in support of a Development Consent Order application for the wind farm.
Consultees are invited to consider all of the information provided in the Scoping Report and to provide comments on the proposed approach and in particular, whether they agree with the conclusions.
The Scoping Report will be available to view on The Planning Inspectorate website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/five-estuaries-offshore-wind-farm/
A Scoping Opinion will be provided by The Planning Inspectorate within 42 days of receiving the request.