Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Received 13 July 2018
From Norwich City Council

Representation

This representation is made on behalf of Norwich City Council issued at officer level.
The majority of the scheme is a considerable distance from the Administrative Area of Norwich City Council and therefore these comments relate solely to the HVDC Converter and HVAC Substation which is proposed to be located to the south of the A47 and east of the B1113. Norwich City Council do not wish to comment on the other elements of the proposal. The HVDC Converter and HVAC Substation is located approximately 1.4km to the south of Norwich to the southern side of the Yare River Valley and beyond the A47. Buildings/structures in the area are proposed to be up to 25m tall and screened by a woodland planting belt.
Figure 4.7 of the Volume 3 Chapter 4 of the Environmental Statement (ES) suggests that the zone of visual influence does not extend into the administrative area of Norwich. An assessment of impact from Marston Marshes (viewpoint SS4) is considered and 4.7.6.48 of the above chapter of the ES concludes:
Viewpoints SS4 and SS8 are located at the areas of Marston Marshes and Swardeston Common where there would potentially be the most open views of Hornsea Three. The scale of effect at these locations is assessed to be negligible, as set out in Table 4.14 and volume 6, annex 4.5: Photograph Panels, Wirelines and Photomontages, and effects on receptors within these areas would not therefore be significant so they are not considered further. Eaton Common is located immediately adjacent to Marston Marshes with a similar pattern of landform and vegetation cover, as such, effects here are unlikely to be different to those at Marston Marshes and it is therefore also excluded from further consideration as effects are unlikely to be significant.

Without selecting the viewpoints to be assessed during the scoping work, we cannot be certain that there will not be a more significant visual impact resulting from the proposed development on the natural landscapes of the Yare River valley than the negligible impact identified in the ES. To ensure any impacts are mitigated we would like to see a more robust screening mix on site with a mix of broadleaf native trees with some selected standard specimens that will mature more rapidly than the proposed transplants and ultimately provide effective screening for the development from the Yare River valley.