About the project

We are proposing to develop an offshore wind farm called Norfolk Vanguard. The 1.8 gigawatt (GW) capacity project would meet the equivalent electricity needs of 5% of UK households* - around 1.3 million homes. The development area would be located more than 47km from the Norfolk Coast and from the shore, you would not be able to see Norfolk Vanguard.

Norfolk Vanguard has a sister project called Norfolk Boreas, it is one year behind Vanguard in its development, but is the same size. At 72km from the Norfolk Coast, Norfolk Boreas is located adjacent to the eastern part of Norfolk Vanguard's offshore wind farm development area.

The scale of Norfolk Vanguard means it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008. There is a very clear process that we are following, with many opportunities for you to get involved.

Following extensive pre-application consultation, we submitted our application for Development Consent to the Planning Inspectorate in June 2018.  The Planning Inspectorate formally accepted our application for Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm on Tuesday 24th July 2018 and we now move through the Examination phase.

For further information on registering your interest, closing dates for registrations, becoming an Interested Party, making representations on the application and the examination phase, please see the Norfolk Vanguard pages of the PINS website. 

All application documents are available to view and download from the Planning Inspectorate website here.

Over the course of the pre-application process we have hosted three rounds of public drop-in exhibitions. Two as part of informal consultation in October 2016 and March/April 2017, with additional focused consultation associated with the onshore project substation siting, and the siting of Cable Relay Stations (now no longer required following our decision to move forward with innovative HVDC transmission technology).

 A third round of consultation in November 2017 was part of our formal Statutory Consultation process (November - December 2017). Dialogue and written feedback provided by participants has been fundamental in shaping our project. Thank you to all who have been involved to date. 

Our report 'Hearing Your Views III' provides a summary of the Statutory Consultation, from how we advertised opportunities to get involved, to how people chose to take part, the feedback received and how we have responded to the views we have gathered.

A press release was published on 22nd February 2018 which describes some key project updates resulting from consideration of feedback received during the Statutory Consultation period.

A summary of the key changes made to the proposals throughout the process can be found in the Consultation Report Executive Summary which can be found here.


Interactive Project Map

The interactive project map shows the entirety of the project and allows you to zoom into the area or areas of most interest to you. Please click here to open the map in a new window.


What shaped the final proposals?


Our final Norfolk Vanguard proposals take into account:

  • Broad-ranging and in-depth feedback from a wide variety of local, regional and national communities and stakeholders

  • Ongoing discussions with expert topic groups, landowners and occupiers

  • Ongoing environmental assessments which help us identify and avoid sensitive features, including early geophysical surveys to help detect buried archaeology

  • Technical design revisions following a strategic review of technology development in electrical infrastructure

Infographic detailing clean changes

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Last updated: 2018-07-24 18:53