Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Received 20 July 2018
From Norfolk Vanguard Limited


Dear Sirs

Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
Planning Inspectorate Reference: EN010080

Norfolk Vanguard Limited (Norfolk Vanguard) has received notification that the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm (Hornsea Project Three) has been accepted for examination. Please accept this letter as Norfolk Vanguard's representation that it has an interest in the Hornsea Project Three application, and wishes to be treated as an interested party for the purposes of the examination process.

In principle, Norfolk Vanguard supports Hornsea Project Three as it will provide an important contribution towards meeting the UK government's renewable energy targets, and will enable the UK to continue its growth in the offshore wind sector.

As you will be aware, Norfolk Vanguard submitted an application for the Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm on 26 June 2018. Whilst the siting of the offshore array, export cable route and the onshore connection points of the two projects differ, the onshore cable route for the projects will cross at Reepham, Norfolk. In addition, Norfolk Vanguard's sister project, Norfolk Boreas (which is due to submit a separate application for Development Consent in Q2 2019), will follow the same onshore cable corridor and therefore also cross the Hornsea Project Three onshore cable route at Reepham. In short, if consented, there is the potential for inter-action between these projects and Norfolk Vanguard is keen to ensure, where appropriate and to the extent necessary, that this is considered during the Hornsea Project Three examination.

Norfolk Vanguard have undertaken a preliminary review of the documents provided in support of the Hornsea Project Three application and initial comments, which focus primarily on the cumulative effects as assessed in the Environmental Statement (ES), and the in-combination assessment contained in the Report to Inform Appropriate Assessment, are set out below.

In general, Norfolk Vanguard welcome the findings of the cumulative and in-combination assessments as they relate to the Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm. It should be noted however, that as Norfolk Vanguard’s design envelope has been refined from that presented in the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), and new data based on a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission solution is now included in the ES, some of the impacts and mitigations described by Hornsea Project Three in relation to cumulative effects may need to be revised accordingly.

Given the similar nature and interaction between the projects, Norfolk Vanguard wish to continue to work collaboratively with Orsted, particularly in relation to the assessment of cumulative effects in respect of the following topics:
• Marine mammals;
• Offshore ornithology;
• Commercial fisheries;
• Aviation and radar;
• Onshore archaeology; and
• Traffic and transport.

In particular, and to the extent available, Norfolk Vanguard would welcome sight of further detail from Orsted on the assignation of their construction traffic to local road links, particularly in relation to the proposed cable crossing point at Reepham. Norfolk Vanguard hope that this additional data can be shared as part of our continued dialogue with Orsted.

Yours faithfully,

Rebecca Sherwood
Consents Manager, Norfolk Vanguard Limited