Today, 17 June 2014, the East Anglia ONE Offshore wind farm which comprises the erection of up to 240 wind turbine generators and associated infrastructure, with an installed capacity of 1200MW, located 43km from the Suffolk Coast, has been given development consent by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
The decision announced today, follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011).
The application was submitted for consideration on 21 November 2012 and accepted for examination on 14 December 2012.
Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Energy Secretary on 18 March 2014.
Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sir Michael Pitt, said. “This is a significant application for the offshore wind energy sector and required a Panel of four Examining Inspectors who were given the task of considering the evidence put to them by the interested parties.”
“A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views.”
“The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Energy Secretary. Today’s decision by the Energy Secretary supports that recommendation.”
The decision, the recommendation made by the Panel to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its decision, is publicly available on the National Infrastructure projects website.
Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
- From April 2012, the relevant Secretary of State became the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications for development consent. At the end of the examination of an application, which will still be completed within a maximum of six months, the Planning Inspectorate will have three months to make a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State who will then have a further three months to reach their decision.
- The Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Programme of Projects details the proposals which are anticipated to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate as applications in the coming months. It can be viewed at www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure