Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Received 18 July 2018
From The National Trust


Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Planning Inspectorate Reference: EN010080

The National Trust wishes to register as an interested party.

The proposal would not impact directly on land owned or managed by the National Trust, but some elements of the proposal would abut or be close to such land and may impact indirectly. This land at Oulton Street where the construction compound is proposed and land to the south of Weybourne Cliffs (to the north of Sheringham Park) which is located to the east of the proposed landfall.

The Trust wishes to comment on three particular aspects of the proposal:
- The proposed construction compound at Oulton Street and its impacts upon the local highway;
- The proposed construction compound at Oulton Street and its impact upon heritage;
- The archaeology in the area of the on-shore landfall.

Land at Oulton Street – Highway Impacts

- A construction compound is proposed at Oulton Street, which abuts the boundary of land owned by the Trust. The National Trust has significant landholdings within the vicinity of the site which attract large numbers of visitors each year who come to enjoy the heritage, wildlife and leisure opportunities that they provide.

- The airfield is located on ‘The Street’ which is accessed from the B1149. This is a rural road with a narrow carriageway and the National Trust questions the appropriateness of this for use by the construction traffic. This is having regard to the potential peak daily staff vehicle and HGV movements (a peak of 130 daily staff vehicle movements and a peak of 118 daily HGV movements) and the potential construction period (under a two-phase construction programme a duration of up to 8 years and under a single-phase programme a duration of up to six years).

- No details have been provided of the traffic management measures.

- The scope of the use of the main construction compound is not yet known; therefore it is difficult for interested parties to fully consider the impacts.

- The National Trust is concerned about the impacts that the level of traffic using this rural road and the impacts the traffic management measures could have on its tenants, staff and visitors who use this road. The lack of detail and uncertainty at this stage about the traffic management measures gives cause for concern.

Land at Oulton Street – Heritage Impacts

- There is no assessment of the significance of Oulton Airfield which the National Trust considers to be an undesignated heritage asset.

- The former RAF Oulton is inextricably linked with Blickling Hall (Grade 1 Listed), which provided accommodation and facilities for the RAF in WWII and was perhaps the most impressive country house in the county to serve as a mess site for an operational airfield. The runways and tracks at Oulton are one of the most complete surviving examples of a wartime built RAF airfield in the county.

- The airfield is an important part of the history of Oulton and Blickling. Further detail can be provided within a subsequent submission.

- The significance and character of the airfield, its historic relationship to the village and the Blickling estate and the contribution it makes to the setting of the Blickling Conservation Area have not been acknowledged within the application. There is no appraisal to ensure any harm caused to the heritage asset of the airfield is minimised.

North Norfolk Coast – Archaeology

- The results of any archaeological work for the land near our coastal land ownership should be appropriately recorded and made publicly available.

- The section near our coastal land is important as there may be military defences within the coastal zone and also very old activity associated with deeper geological layers. An understanding of this would give a greater indication as to whether similar remains might exist within our land. These areas are prone to erosion and loss. Information on coastal geology deposits and any archaeological finds or layers would also be of value. We request that appropriate mitigation is in place to record this information.