Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Received 19 July 2018
From Broadland District Council


The District Council notes that the proposed development will deliver a significant national benefit in the supply of substantial renewable energy in the UK. However the anticipated local impacts should be addressed.

The main construction compound for the on-shore works is on part of the former airfield to the east of the small village of Oulton which is designated as a Conservation Area and served by narrow country lanes. The predicted construction period for a 2 phase build is at least 8 years and it has been indicated that construction traffic will pass through the village centre, it is anticipated that the residents of Oulton will experience significant danger and disruption during the entire build period and there will be a negative effect on the character of the Conservation Area. Regard should be given to the dismissal of a planning appeal in 2014 for an anaerobic digester plant on the former airfield on grounds that it would result in material harm to highway convenience and safety and the living conditions of the occupiers of The Old Railway Gatehouse (to the south of the access) in respect of noise and disturbance. Detailed consideration needs to be given to all impacts arising from the position of the main construction compound but if these can’t be adequately resolved that the position of the main construction compound should be revised.

A separate cable corridor and associated development within the District is proposed as part of the Norfolk Vanguard off-shore wind farm. The cumulative impacts of the two proposals need to be considered. In this respect it is noted that Norfolk Vanguard are proposing two compounds in Oulton using the same access road as the Hornsea Three proposals. In addition the two cable corridors cross at a point north of Reepham and this has the potential to increase the visual and environmental impacts of the proposal in the locality of this intersection.

Two areas of woodland designated as Ancient are within 500m of the cable corridor one is Jennis Wood (north of Ebony Hall, Ringland) and the other is on the boundary with South Norfolk at Harman’s Grove, the corridor appears to run directly adjacent to these areas of woodland. Both are County Wildlife Sites and should be protected. The installation of the cable route will also require the removal of sections of hedgerow; these will have to be assessed using the criteria set out in the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 to establish if they would be considered as important due to the flora, fauna or historical significance associated with them. If sections are removed and cannot be replaced following installation of the cables this will have greater long term significance to the landscape of the locations and some form of mitigation would be appropriate which could include replacement planting on adjacent land.

The Hydrology & Flood Risk Statement Vol. 3 Chapter 2 (pg. 28; incorrectly states that the District Council does not hold records of private water supply information.

The District Council would like to reiterate that the Norfolk authorities have signed up to County position statement in respect of offshore wind energy proposals that was sent to the Rt. Hon Dr Greg Clark MP on 26 February 2018 which requests that the offshore energy companies undertake to:
a) Secure improvements to the local electricity distribution networks in the County; and
b) Ensure real economic benefits in respect of the (i) provision of high quality jobs; (ii) creation of training/skills initiatives in the energy sector and (iii) the provision of wider community benefits.