Triton Knoll Electrical System

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Triton Knoll Electrical System was taken on 03 September 2016 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all Interested Parties accompanying the Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (40 items)

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A Correction Slip has been issued to remedy an error in the Explanatory Note to The Triton Knoll Electrical System Order 2016.

01 June 2017
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On 23 March 2017 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a Correction Order and Correction Notice to make corrections to The Triton Knoll Electrical System Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/880), as published on 6 September 2016.

23 March 2017
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
03 September 2016
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Responses to the consultation letter from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy issued 1 August 2016 have been published.

09 August 2016
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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a request for comments on the Application.

Please note an error in the letter states that the Applicant’s letter dated 2 June 2016 is attached. The Applicant’s letter has been published.

A further letter that the Applicant submitted on 28 July 2016 is also referred to as attached. This letter has also been published

01 August 2016
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
03 June 2016
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The Examination closed at midnight on 3 March 2016. Documents were received after the last deadline but before the close of examination. These were accepted by the Examining Authority and have been published.

08 March 2016
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03 March 2016
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26 February 2016
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A Rule 17 and 8(3) letter has been issued. The deadline for responses is Monday 29 February 2016

23 February 2016
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18 February 2016
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Documents received for Deadline 5 of 1 February 2016 have now been published.

03 February 2016
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The agendas for the hearings to take place next week have been updated due to errors in the timing information located at the top of the agendas, the content remains the same.

To confirm the following hearing information:

Tuesday 19 January – Issue Specific Hearing on Local Impacts commencing at 9.30am.

Wednesday 20 January – Compulsory Acquisition Hearing commencing at 2pm continuing on Thursday 21 at 9.30am and Friday 22 if required.

Friday 22 January – Issue Specific Hearing on the Development Consent Order commencing at 11am.

12 January 2016
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Agendas for the following Hearings in January 2016 have been published: Local  Impacts Hearing on 20 January, Second Compulsory Acquisition Hearing on 21 January and Second draft Development Consent Order Hearing on 22 January.

11 January 2016
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Documents received for Deadline 3 of 30 November 2015 have now been published, including:

– Post hearing documents
– Written summary of oral cases put at hearings
– Applicant’s revised draft DCO
– Updated schedule of compulsory acquisition
– Updated Statements of Common Ground
– Any further information requested by the ExA
– Comments on any other information received at Deadline 2

02 December 2015
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A change has been proposed by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited in relation to the configuration of Bicker Fen Substation. The Examining Authority is currently considering this and a procedural decision will be issued in due course as to whether this has been accepted into the examination of the Triton Knoll Electrical System.

The documentation published on 13 November 2015  is a revised version of the submission, which corrects the submission of the 8 November 2015, which contained an incorrect plan, had one missing annex (from Appendix A) and has been published on the website as a combined PDF, rather than the separate PDFs submitted.

The documents can be viewed at the following links:

Bicker Fen Extension and Reconfiguration Note
Appendix A 
Appendix B 
Appendix C
Schedule of amendments to the DCO and Application

13 November 2015
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A change has been proposed by Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited in relation to the configuration of Bicker Fen Substation. The Examining Authority is currently considering this and a procedural decision will be issued in due course as to whether this has been accepted into the examination of the Triton Knoll Electrical System.

Change request – Bicker Fen Extension Reconfiguration
Change request – Bicker Fen Extension Reconfiguration – Appendices A-C

09 November 2015
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Documents received for Deadline 2 of 27 October 2015 have now been published including:

– Comments on Written Rrepresentations
– Comments on responses to comments on Relevant Representations
– Comments on Local Impact Reports
– Comments on responses to Examining Authority’s first written questions
– Updated schedule of compulsory acquisition
– Updated Statements of Common Ground
– Revised draft DCO from applicant
– Comments on any other submissions received at Deadline 1

28 October 2015
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A letter has been issued by the Examining Authority notifying of changes to the examination timetable, notifying of all hearings and Accompanied Site Inspection and request for further information.

13 October 2015
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Documents received for Deadline 1 for receipt by the ExA:

– Comments on relevant representations (RRs)
– Summaries of all RRs exceeding 1500 words
– Written representations (WRs) by all interested parties
– Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
– Local Impact Reports (LIRs) from any local authorities
– Statements of Common Ground (SoCG)
– Responses to ExA’s first written questions
– Schedule of compulsory acquisition
– Comments on any submissions received prior to the preliminary meeting

And documents giving notification to the ExA :

– of the wish for a compulsory acquisition hearing to be held
– of the wish to be heard at an open floor hearing
– of suggested locations to be inspected by the ExA and the features to be observed there, with reasons for each nomination stating if they can be viewed from a publicly accessible location
– of the wish to attend an accompanied site inspection
– by statutory parties who wish to be considered an interested party

07 October 2015
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Please note there is an error in Annex B of the Rule 8 letter issued on 11 September 2015. Items 17, 18 and 19 should read as follows:

17. Publication of:
– Report on the Implication for European Sites (RIES)
– ExA’s consultation draft DCO

18. Deadline 6
Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
Comments on ExA’s consultation draft DCO

19. Deadline 7
Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
– Comments on RIES
– Applicant’s final draft DCO
– Final updated Statements of Common Ground
– Any further information required by the ExA

All dates assigned to these items are correct. A Rule 8(3) letter formally correcting the examination timetable will be issued in due course.

14 September 2015
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

11 September 2015
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
03 September 2015
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26 August 2015
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

30 July 2015
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Relevant representations published on the website
21 July 2015
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Registration of interested parties closes
13 July 2015
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Please be aware that we experienced technical problems on 13 and 14 June that may have prevented you from accessing project information and registering as an interested party. These problems have now been rectified and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

15 June 2015
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Registration of interested parties begins
12 June 2015
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The application has been accepted for examination

21 May 2015
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
21 May 2015
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This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 24 April 2015. The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see DCLG pre-application Guidance).

12 May 2015
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
24 April 2015