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Development Consent Order for Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm

Development Consent Order for Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm

Published: 30 October 2017

Section 48 Planning Act 2008

Regulation 4 of the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009 (as amended)

Development Consent Order for Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm

Notice Publicising a Proposed Application for a Development Consent Order (DCO)

Notice is hereby given that Norfolk Vanguard Ltd. (the “Applicant”) of First Floor, 1 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0AH proposes to apply to the Secretary of State under section 37 of The Planning Act 2008 for the above-mentioned development consent order (the “Application”).

The Application relates to the construction and operation of an offshore wind generating station within the East Anglia Zone of the North Sea (the "Project"), which is 47km from the coast of Norfolk at its closest point to land and would cover a total area of up to 592km2.

The proposed DCO would, amongst other things, authorise offshore components including:

  1. Between 90-257 wind turbine generators ("WTGs"), each with a capacity of between 7- 20MW, a maximum turbine hub height of 198.5m, a maximum rotor diameter of 303m and a maximum tip height of 350;
  2. Offshore Substation Platforms ("OSPs") – up to three OSPs, which may employ either high voltage alternating current (“HVAC”) or high voltage direct current (“HVDC”) technology (see below);
  3. Offshore Accommodation Platforms ("OAPs") or Offshore Accommodation Vessels ("OAV");
  4. Foundations for the WTGs and OSPs – either, or a combination of, monopile, jackets on pin piles, jackets on suction caissons, gravity base structure or floating foundations;
  5. Up to 514km array 66kV cables;
  6. Up to 640 km offshore export cables from the OSPs to the shore;
  7. Scour protection, as required for foundations and cables; and
  8. Up to two meteorological masts, a number of guard buoys and monitoring equipment.

Two different electrical connection options are proposed; HVAC or HVDC. The decision as to which option would be used for the Project would be agreed following grant of a DCO and would depend on availability, technical considerations and cost.

The onshore project area would be from the point at which the offshore cables come ashore ("the landfall’) at Happisburgh South, Norfolk, to the existing Necton 400kV National Grid Substation. The cable corridor length from landfall to the substation is approximately 60 km.

The key onshore components would, amongst other things, comprise the following:

  1. Landfall site to bring ashore the offshore cables and connect to the onshore cables requiring up to six transition pits;
  2. If HVAC - Up to 18 no. onshore underground cables within separate ducts in six separate trenches (i.e. three cables per trench) and up to six fibre optic cables (i.e. 1 per trench);
  3. If HVDC – up to four onshore cables each in separate ducts in two trenches (i.e. two cables per trench) and up to two fibre optic cables (i.e. 1 per trench);

  1. Onshore cable corridor, within which onshore export cables, including for the Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm Project, will be laid within cable ducts;
  2. Link boxes and jointing pits at intervals along the cable route;
  3. Trenchless crossings (for example horizontal directional drilling, cable bridges or other trenchless methods) at some roads, railways and sensitive habitats;
  4. Up to 12 no. 400kV underground interface cables between the new onshore substation and the existing 400kV National Grid Substation near Necton;
  5. Temporary construction areas and access roads;
  6. Planting to provide screening for permanent infrastructure;
  7. The permanent and/or temporary compulsory acquisition (if required) of land and/or rights for the proposed Project;
  8. Overriding of easements and other rights over or affecting land for the proposed Project;
  9. The application and/or disapplication of legislation relevant to the proposed Project including inter alia legislation relating to compulsory purchase; and
  10. Such ancillary, incidental and consequential provisions, permits or consents as are necessary and/or convenient.
  1. Cable relay station (only required under the HVAC electrical solution);
    1. Onshore project substation in proximity to the grid connection location at the existing Necton 400kV National Grid Substation;
    2. Modification of the existing overhead line network in the vicinity of the Necton 400kV National Grid substation;
    3. Extension to Necton 400kV National Grid Substation;

The Project is an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development. Accordingly, the Applicant will be making a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) available during the consultation period.

Electronic copies of the PEIR, which comprises a detailed set of documents, including maps, figures, and photomontages describing the Project, as well as a set of plans showing the overall location of the Project and a much shorter non-technical summary (NTS) and consultation document, may be accessed and are available to view free of charge for inspection from 30th October 2017 to Monday 11th December 2017 at the listed locations (below):

 

Venue Address

Opening Times

 

Aylsham Library

7 Hungate St, Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6AA

Mon and Fri: 9.30am-12.30pm; 1.30-7:00pm Tues and Thurs: 9.30am-12.30pm; 1.30-5:00pm Wed: 1.30-7:00pm

Sat: 9.30am-4:00pm Sun: 11:00am-2:00pm

Dereham Library*

59 High St, Dereham, NR19 1DZ

Mon, Wed and Thurs: 9.15am-5:00pm Tues and Fri: 9.15am-7:00pm

Sat: 9.15am-4:00pm

Norwich Millennium Library

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW

Mon-Fri: 10:00am-7:00pm Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm

 

North Walsham Library*

New Rd, North Walsham, NR28 9DE

Mon and Thurs: 9:30am-7:30pm Tues and Fri: 9:30am-5:00pm Wed and Sat: 9:30am-1:00pm


North Norfolk District Council

Council Offices, Holt Road, Cromer, NR27 9EN

Mon, Tues and Thurs: 8:30am-5:00pm Wed: 10:00am-5:00pm Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm

Broadland District Council

Thorpe Lodge, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU

 

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm

Breckland District Council

Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE

 

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm

Norwich City Council

St Peters Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH

 

Mon-Fri: 8:45am-5:00pm

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF

 

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm

*Hard copies of the full PEIR are available to view at Dereham and North Walsham Libraries.

The opening times of these organisations are dependent and are governed by them and may be subject to change.

Consultation packs comprising the NTS and consultation booklet, consultation questionnaires and freepost envelope, will also be available at all information points.

The Applicant will also hold the following public information days, where the documentation described above will be available for inspection:

 

 

Location

Address

Date / time

Dereham

Dereham Sixth Form College, Crown Rd, East Dereham NR20 4AG

7th November 1pm to 7pm

Reepham

The Bircham Centre, Market Place, Reepham, NR10 4JJ

8th November 1pm to 7pm

Aylsham

Aylsham Town Hall, Town Hall, Market Place, Aylsham, Norwich NR11 6EL

9th November 1pm to 7pm

Necton

Necton Rural Community Centre, 13 Tun's Road, Necton, Swaffham, PE37 8EH

10th November 1pm to 7pm

Happisburgh

The Wenn Evans Centre, Blacksmiths Ln, Happisburgh, Norwich NR12 0QY

11th November 11am to 5.30pm

Norwich

University Technical College Norfolk, Oldhall Rd, Norwich NR4 6ES

14th November 2pm to 7pm

Great Yarmouth

East Coast College, Gt. Yarmouth Campus, Suffolk Road, Gt. Yarmouth, NR31 0ED

15th November 1pm to 7pm

North Walsham

North Walsham Community Centre, New Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9DE

16th November 1pm to 7pm


 

Electronic copies of the PEIR and NTS can also be viewed or downloaded from the Project website www.vattenfall.co.uk/norfolkvanguard. Where a copy of the documents is requested from the Applicant, this can be provided free of charge on a USB device. The documents can be made available in hard copy format on request at a cost of:

  • Non-Technical Summary of Preliminary Environmental Information – £22
  • Full Preliminary Environmental Information Report with annexes – £1038
  • A set of 18 no. (A4) Indicative Cable Corridor Plans - £15

 

Any responses to or other representations in respect of the Project can be made in writing:

  1. Addressed to: Norfolk Vanguard, The Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich, NR1 1BY
  2. By email to: info@norfolkvanguard.co.uk
  3. Through completion of a consultation questionnaire available at public events noted above, drop in locations (also noted above), and on the Project website www.vattenfall.co.uk/norfolkvanguard

 

If you have queries about the consultation process, please call 01603 567995 for  clarification.

The Applicant is consulting on the proposed Project. Any response or representation in respect of the proposed DCO MUST (i) be received by the Applicant before 11.59 pm on 11th December 2017

(ii) state in writing the grounds of the response or representation (iii) indicate who is making the response and representation, and (iv) include an address to which correspondence relating to the response or representations may be sent.

Your comments will be analysed by the Applicant and any appointed agent of the Applicant. Responses may be made public, although personal information will be removed. Personal details will be held securely by the Applicant and any appointed agent of the Applicant in accordance with the Data protection Act 1998 and will be used solely in connection with the consultation process and all applicable and relevant DCO application(s).

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