CONSULTATION

PUBLIC CONSULTATION - Summer 2022

We are at an early stage of the development of the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm and are keen to talk to and get feedback from the communities that may be affected as part of this project. Between 30 June and 12 August 2022, we are consulting on our early proposals. 

To view the consultation material and response to the consultation please visit our online exhibition here.

Update 21 July 2022: We have produced a series of maps showing the cable search areas and substation search areas presented in the consultation at a larger scale. An index plan is available to help identify which map covers which area.

Index plan

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Please note: We are aware that there are some residential developments have mistakenly been included within the onshore search areas. Our team is aware of this and it is not our intention to directly impact any residential dwellings as part of the project. If you have any questions about the project or your property, please contact us.

Next steps

We will analyse and consider feedback to this consultation as we develop the project further and in order to help  inform
how we carry out future engagement and consultation.

For the remainder of 2022, we will be carrying out further engineering and design studies. We will also be continuing to engage with communities near our proposals.

In early 2023, we will carry out statutory consultation under the Planning Act 2008 on more detailed  proposals and our Preliminary Environmental Information Report.

 

SCOPING

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). 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.

A Scoping Opinion was provided by The Planning Inspectorate to Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm Ltd on the 12th November 2021.  

The Scoping Report and the Scoping Opinion are available to view on The Planning Inspectorate website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/five-estuaries-offshore-wind-farm/

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 were 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 Five Estuaries Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Report has been produced to inform the HRA process for the project.  The report and details of the consultation period related to it can be found in our latest documents section https://fiveestuaries.co.uk/category/latest-documents/

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