Press release

Norfolk Boreas Power Station - People interested in the proposal can register to give their views

Members of the public are now invited to register with The Planning Inspectorate and make a representation about the proposed Norfolk Boreas power station.

Norfolk Boreas Power Station

The application submitted by Norfolk Boreas Limited for a proposed Offshore Wind Farm (Power Station) - Maximum Capacity 1.8GW also associated infrastructure required to export the electricity to the National Grid substation at Necton in Norfolk. The proposed Norfolk Boreas site is approximately 73km from the Norfolk coast at its nearest point and was accepted by The Planning Inspectorate for examination on 4 July 2019.

Further information about the project can be found in the development consent application documents which are available on the The Planning Inspectorate website

The public and those interested in the proposal can register with the Planning Inspectorate until midnight on 1 September 2019.

Alternatively, they may call The Planning Inspectorate’s helpline: 0303 444 5000 for a printed registration form.

Sarah Richards, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate said. “This is an opportunity for people to play a part in the planning process and influence the outcome. We encourage people to get involved by registering as an interested party. By doing so, people will be able to participate fully in the examination of this proposal”.

Those who register will be entitled to provide evidence in writing to support their representation, to attend the Preliminary Meeting, to request an open floor hearing and to speak at other hearings where appropriate.

A copy of the application together with further information about the proposal and how to register to make a relevant representation is available on The Planning Inspectorate website.


Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate’s Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or email:

More information on this application, including details of the developer’s website, is available in National Infrastructure’s Programme of Projects. Visit: the Projects page.

Notes to editors:

  • The Planning Inspectorate is an agency of the Ministry for Housing, communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and operates within the policy framework prescribed in the Planning Act 2008, secondary legislation and the National Policy Statements.

The process in a snapshot

There are six key stages within the process. The summary below provides examples of when and how people have an opportunity to provide evidence to the Planning Inspectorate.


Key activities:

  • Project development / developer’s pre-application consultation and publicity.
  • Environmental impact assessment preparation and scoping, where required.

Public involvement:

  • Have their say on the proposal to the developer through their pre application consultation

Acceptance by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State

Key activities:

  • The Secretary of State has 28 days from the day after receipt to decide whether or not an application should be accepted for examination

Public involvement:

  • Details will be posted at the Planning Inspectorate’s website on how to register as an interested party – if an application has been accepted for examination and publicised by the developer.
  • Opportunity to legally challenge a decision not to accept an application.


Key activities:

  • Single Inspector or a Panel of Inspectors appointed.
  • Preliminary Meeting called and held.
  • Procedure and timetable set for examination.

Public involvement:

  • Register to say what you agree or disagree with in the application
  • Submit your representation
  • View application documents submitted by the developer on the Planning Inspectorate website
  • Attend the Preliminary Meeting
  • Say how the examination should be conducted.


Key activities:

  • A maximum of six months to carry out the examination

Public involvement:

  • Submit more detailed comments in writing
  • Comment on what other people have said
  • Request and attend an open-floor hearing
  • If being held, request to speak at open-floor and / or issue specific hearing(s)
  • Comment on the local authority’s Local Impact Report - detailing the impact of the scheme on the local area.


Key activities:

  • A maximum of three months for Planning Inspectorate to issue a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State, with a statement of reasons.

  • The relevant Secretary of State then has a further three months from receiving the recommendation in which to issue the decision.

Post decision

Key activities:

  • Six weeks for any legal challenge.

Public involvement: Opportunity to challenge.

Published 16 July 2019