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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
From Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Thank you for notifying Great Yarmouth Borough Council. This letter has been written at Officer level in response to the Section 56 (Planning Act) consultation on the above Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm. Please note that no comments have been made in relation to the detail concerning the onshore project area (i.e. landfall and grid connections) as these lie outside of the borough of Great Yarmouth.
The principle of this offshore renewable energy proposal is supported, being broadly consistent with national policy and positively contributing to the Government’s Renewable Energy targets and objectives.
It is noted that the location of a future operation and maintenance (O&M) base for the Hornsea Project Three Windfarm proposal has yet to be agreed. It is felt that Great Yarmouth should be considered as a strong candidate for this role, the reasons for which have been summarised further below.
Great Yarmouth is England’s offshore sector capital with over 50 years of Southern North Sea offshore energy expertise. To date, the port of Great Yarmouth has been critical to the assembly of the Galloper and East Anglia ONE windfarm projects and is the current O&M base for other offshore windfarms at Scroby Sands and Dudgeon.
Great Yarmouth is designated as a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE), recognised for its deep water port, skills, supply chain, and supported by strong leadership from both New Anglia LEP and Great Yarmouth Borough Council to procure rapid growth within the offshore wind sector. The town and key areas around the port have the benefit of Enterprise Zone and Assisted Area status, providing benefits and incentives to key supply chain businesses wishing to grow or start up in Great Yarmouth.
In securing a possible O&M base for the Hornsea Project Three Windfarm at Great Yarmouth, there would be the significant potential to grow the local economy through the existing supply chain and utilise the deep water outer harbour that is already growing in stature in the energy industry, given its proximity and short steaming times to such projects.
Further comments relating to the Environmental Statement
The Borough Council has reviewed the submitted documents, in particular those matters relating to Offshore Ornithology as set out within Volume 2, Chapter 5 of the Environmental Statement (ES) which forms the basis of the following comments.
Here, at Table 5.7 it is stated that the presence of Little Terns were not recorded during the aerial surveys in the Hornsea Three array area. It is concerning that the report does not go into further detail to clarify the implications of this statement, such as whether this is perhaps due to the scope or limitation of the site specific surveys (i.e. not being able to identify the Little Terns during the specific survey window(s)), or, whether this provides evidential proof that the Little Terns simply do not interact within the specified survey area in which case it could be interpreted that the likely impact on the species would be negligible as a result of the proposal. Further clarity on this point is sought through the DCO process.
Mr K Balls
Senior Strategic Planner