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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
From N2RS (No to Relay Stations) (N2RS (No to Relay Stations))
ORSTED: HORNSEA THREE
INTERESTED PARTY – REGISTRATION
N2RS is a local campaign action group based in the East Ruston area of North East Norfolk. It was formed in April 2017 amidst concerns about the proposed onshore infrastructure planned to support Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas offshore wind farms.
N2RS has also been monitoring Ørsted’s Hornsea Three project, which presents similar challenges for the communities affected and the potential for a cumulative, detrimental impact on the Norfolk landscape.
With both projects the overriding issue for N2RS was the technology being proposed and the main concern was the prospect of cable relay stations. Like Ørsted, Vattenfall originally intended to seek planning permission for an HVAC system – with the possibility, post consent of changing to an HVDC system, if feasible.
After intense campaigning and widespread support for HVDC, Vattenfall recognised the detrimental impact that cable relay stations and a 100 m wide cable corridor would have had on Norfolk’s rural landscape and Vattenfall has now committed to newer, more environmentally friendly HVDC technology (prior to its planning application). As a result cable relay stations will not be required and the width of the cable corridor will be more than halved.
This will significantly reduce disruption in North East Norfolk and along the cable corridor. It has also removed a great deal of uncertainty and created a much more acceptable project. Consequently this decision has been warmly welcomed by N2RS and many other interested parties.
The Ørsted Proposal
We have consulted with the Friends of North Norfolk, had discussions with land agents and stakeholders, attended Ørsted drop-in exhibitions and spoken at the NNDC cabinet meeting which debated the Hornsea Three project last year. HVAC technology is widely seen as the most damaging option for much of North Norfolk. From our own investigations into the impact of HVAC here in North East Norfolk we believe that it is also the wrong choice for Hornsea Three. It will have a negative impact on individuals, businesses, farming and especially on tourism.
The large cable relay station proposed in open countryside near Little Barningham is of specific concern – and there is little information available to help interested parties determine what it might look and sound like.
The long timelines for construction will also mean that areas of North Norfolk are plunged into planning blight for many years to come.
Now that Vattenfall is able to commit to HVDC - a much better outcome for Norfolk - we call upon Ørsted to follow its lead by delivering the most environmentally friendly project possible – with HVDC at the heart of the scheme.
N2RS wishes to make these views known to the Planning Inspectorate in writing but also to attend at any future hearings.
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