Secretary of State halts consenting process for Norfolk Boreas

In: Windfarms

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has postponed the statutory deadline for Vattenfall’s
Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farm proposed to be installed off the Norfolk coast. Vattenfall submitted a development consent for the project in June 2019.

If consented, the 1.8 GW
Norfolk Boreas project could meet the equivalent electricity needs of 5% of UK households - around 1.3 million homes. It is to consist of up to 200 turbines, each with a capacity of around 10 MW.

The Secretary of State will set a new deadline for a decision. A statement confirming the new deadline for a decision will be made to the House of Commons and House of Lords in accordance with section 107(7) of the Planning Act 2008 in due course.

The proposed development area for
Norfolk Boreas is adjacent to sister project Norfolk Vanguard, which also suffered a setback in February. The UK High Court has quashed planning consent for 1.8 GW Norfolk Vanguard project, which secured consent in July last year.

The High Court ruled in the favour of a local resident, who claimed that the Secretary of State unlawfully excluded cumulative effects of
Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas project in its decision to approve Norfolk Vanguard. The Secretary of State must now redetermine Vattenfall's application for planning consent for Norfolk Vanguard.  

Both projects are aiming to secures Development Consent ahead of the UK government's Contract for Difference auction later this year.

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