East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm
Following the meeting on 7 June 2012 held at The Planning Inspectorate offices in Bristol, The Planning Inspectorate issued advice to the promoter on some of their draft plans.
The advice was sent via email.
As discussed during our meeting on 7 June please see below advice on the format of plans following our discussion about draft works plans for EAONE.
Plans submitted under regulation 5(2) of The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009
Notwithstanding the 'relaxation' in the acceptance tests under s.55(5A) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) there is still a requirement on applicants to comply with Regulations 5(3) and (4) of the Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009 when submitting plans etc. under Regulation 5(2). This specifically notes that:
'any plans, drawings or sections required to be provided by paragraph (2) shall be no larger than A0 size, shall be drawn to an identified scale (not smaller than 1:2500) and, in the case of plans, shall show the direction of North', and;
'where a plan comprises three or more separate sheets a key plan must be provided showing the relationship between different sheets'.
Application plans etc. - relevant Guidance and Advice
On the format of plans, you should have regard to statutory guidance 'CLG Planning Act 2008: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects - Application Form Guidance (2009)', as well as Annex 3 of 'CLG Guidance related to procedures for compulsory acquisition (2010)' that provides information on the long-standing convention of using colour-coding on plans showing land proposed to be compulsorily acquired, the acquisition of new rights, and replacement land. The Planning Inspectorate's (non-statutory) Advice Note 6 contains further useful advice on the preparation and submission of application documents including plans etc.
Other matters relevant to application plans etc.
Given the type of project for which development consent is to be applied for, we would recommend that you review The Planning Inspectorate's s.55 acceptance checklist for the Galloper Wind Farm application (attachment 1). Further, we would advise that the works plan for the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm application should show the interface between the onshore and offshore elements to a sufficiently large scale so that it is possible to see this aspect of the project clearly, and would recommend the use of single works and land plan sheets to show the offshore array element of the project.
I hope that this advice provides assistance however should you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me.