The planning process

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.

What is the process?

The general process for NSIP applications is set out in the video above. The project has a place on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

In Autumn 2016, we submitted our Scoping Report for Norfolk Vanguard to the Planning Inspectorate and received a Scoping Opinion in response.

Following this, we hosted our first round of Public Information Days in October 2016 and the second round in March and April 2017. Statutory Consultation took place between 7th November and 11th December 2017. Exhibition materials and feedback reports summarising the feedback we received at each stage of informal and formal consultation is available on our website - please see the Documents page.

What stage are we currently at?

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 into the Examination phase.

Notices are being published in local and national papers providing information about the project, the development consent order process, and where our application documents can be viewed - at various locations along our proposed cable corridor, and in Norwich. Please click here to view the notice.

Interested parties can now register with the Planning Inspectorate during the relevant representation period which runs until 16 September 2018, and any representation or response must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by this date. For further information on registering your interest, key dates, becoming an Interested Party and making representations on the application, please see the Norfolk Vanguard pages of the PINS website.

We are not uploading these documents on our own pages because the process is now overseen by PINS and engagement from interested parties in relation to our proposals should now be with PINS.

Further information about the NSIP process can be found here.

All supporting documents and information from PEIR (now superseded by the Environmental Statement and associated DCO documents) can be found on the Documents  page.

Last updated: 2018-07-24 18:49