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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
From The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership
The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership (WNNMP) delivers a Management Scheme (under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2017) - Regulation 39) that supports Relevant Authorities in meeting statutory duties to The Wash and North Norfolk coast European Marine Site (EMS). The WNNMP supports synergistic working between coastal and marine managers and enables stakeholder and local community participation in the management of the coast through three geographically distinct Advisory Groups. It is, therefore, considered appropriate that the WNNMP provide comment on the proposal.
As the offshore cable corridor approaches the 6 nm coastal boundary, it takes a westward trajectory avoiding the North West corner of the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) and passes through the North East corner of the EMS, as shown in the Plan to Accompany the Section 56 Notice. This change in trajectory will result in a significant increase in the footprint of the offshore cable corridor, increasing disturbance to natural features and interference with industry and economy, compared to a continuous near-linear trajectory from the windfarm site through the NW corner of the MCZ. It is questioned why such a significant diversion is made, given that a near-linear MCZ cable corridor would lie predominantly over course sediments, the biota of which are less sensitive to physical disturbance than that associated with fine sand and mixed sediments that dominate the proposed cable corridor through the EMS. It is, however, recognised that the cable corridor avoids the chalk reef feature within the MCZ, which is supported.
It is recommended that the significant change in nearshore cable corridor trajectory is reconsidered in favour of a route that passes directly through the North West Corner of the MCZ, minimising damage to the sea-bed, industry and economy.
Sam Lew - WNNMP Project Manager