Who makes the decision?
As the proposed project is for electricity generation of more than 100MW, it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 and we will therefore apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO).
Applications for a DCO are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, which processes and examines the applications before making a recommendation to the relevant Secretary of State (in this case the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) who makes the final decision on whether the proposed project is acceptable. All Norfolk Boreas documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate can be viewed here on their website.
The six stages of the Development Consent regime are set out in the video above and you can read more about the process on this page of the Planning Inspectorate website. In the diagram below, the lighter blue box in bottom left hand corner indicates the point at which Norfolk Boreas currently is in the process. Please click on it to view a larger version of the image.
In October 2016 we first introduced the Norfolk Boreas project to people living within the area we were scoping as potentially appropriate for the siting of onshore infrastructure required to connect power from Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard to the National Grid. In March and April 2017 we held further drop-in events for local communities to come and meet the team, find out more about the projects, and share their views with us.
As a result of previous engagement and consultation with many interested parties, including statutory consultees, experts, local people and landowners, the current proposals are well defined.
The Preliminary Environmental Information relevant to the project proposals was published in a report – the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) and we consulted on the PEIR during Statutory Consultation from 7th November to 9th December 2018. The summary of feedback from Statutory Consultation can be found in the Interim Consultation Report Hearing Your Views IV. The Norfok Boreas team expect to submit a Development Consent Order (DCO) in summer 2019.
For more information on Statutory Consultation please visit the Consultation page of the website.