Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm

Received 20 July 2018
From Norfolk Boreas Ltd


Dear Sirs,

Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
Planning Inspectorate Reference: EN010080

Norfolk Boreas Limited (Norfolk Boreas) 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 Boreas’ 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.

Norfolk Boreas has notified PINS of its intention to submit an application for Development Consent for the Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm. Submission of the Norfolk Boreas DCO application is currently expected to be in June 2019, with section 42 consultation including publication of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, anticipated to take place in October 2018.

In principle, Norfolk Boreas supports Hornsea Project Three as it will provide an important contribution towards meeting the government's renewable energy targets, and will enable the UK to continue its growth in the offshore wind sector.
Whilst the siting of the offshore array, export cable route and the onshore connection points differ between Norfolk Boreas and Hornsea Project Three, the onshore cable routes will cross at Reepham. In addition, Norfolk Boreas’ sister project, Norfolk Vanguard, follows the same onshore cable route as Norfolk Boreas and therefore will also cross the Hornsea Project Three onshore cable route at Reepham.

If consented, there is the potential for interaction between the projects and Norfolk Boreas is keen to ensure, where appropriate and to the extent necessary, that this is considered during the Hornsea Project Three examination.

Norfolk Boreas has undertaken a preliminary review of the documents provided in support of the Hornsea Project Three application and its initial comments, focusing 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 Boreas welcomes the findings of the cumulative and in-combination assessments between Norfolk Boreas and Hornsea Project Three where Norfolk Boreas has been included. However, it is noted that for a number of pertinent topics where Norfolk Boreas has been referenced by name within the relevant chapter, detailed assessment has not been included.

Given the similarity of the nature of Hornsea Project Three and Norfolk Boreas, Norfolk Boreas is keen to continue to work collaboratively with Orsted, particularly in relation to the following topics in which cumulative effects with Norfolk Boreas have not been assessed in detail:

• Marine mammals
• Offshore ornithology
• Commercial fisheries
• Traffic and Transport
• Socio-economics
• Aviation and radar
• Noise and Vibration
• Historic Environment

In particular, and to the extent available, Norfolk Boreas would welcome sight of further detail from Hornsea Project Three on the assignation of its construction traffic to local road links, particularly in relation to the proposed cable crossing point at Reepham. Norfolk Boreas hopes that this additional data can be shared as part of the continued dialogue between the two projects.

Yours faithfully

Jake Laws

Consents Manager, Norfolk Boreas Limited