In January 2017 the Southern North Sea candidate Special Area of Conservation / Site of Community Importance (cSAC/SCI) was designated for the protection of harbour porpoise.
When a new SAC is designated there is a statutory requirement for a review to be undertaken of certain projects. As part of the review, the competent authorities (in this case BEIS and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)) are required to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
The draft HRA published here informs the review of 6 offshore wind farm consents and considers representations made in a Call for Information issued in October 2017.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of all interested parties on the draft HRA.
Ways to respond
Energy Infrastructure Planning Team
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
3rd Floor Abbey Orchard
1 Victoria Street