CONSULTATION

THE CONSULTATION PROCESS

Five Estuaries is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and has a duty to consult with stakeholders in accordance with the Planning Act 2008. We are happy to receive comments on our plans at any time but there will be 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 engagement 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.

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/

CONSULTATION TIME-LINE*

*Indicative

ONGOING

Informal engagement

AUTUMN 2021

Scoping Consultation

SPRING 2022

Pre application engagement (possibly virtual dependant on covid) – introduction to the project and our proposed environmental assessment plan 

2022

Pre-application consultation  – consultation on the Preliminary Environmental Information Report and formal public consultation

2023

Development Consent Order submission

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