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Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm
From Environment Agency
National Infrastructure Directorate
Temple Quay House
Our ref: AE/2018/123000/01
Your ref: EN010080
Date: 20 July 2018
APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER FOR THE HORNSEA PROJECT THREE OFFSHORE WIND FARM – SUMMARY OF RELEVANT REPRESENTATIONS.
Environment Agency – Summary of relevant representations
This letter provides a summary of the relevant representations submitted on 20 July 2018.
Code of Construction Practice (CoCP)
We consider that the various undertakings in the Outline CoCP to consult with the Environment Agency should be reflected in the Requirements and we request that Requirement 17 in the Draft Development Consent Order includes a requirement that for each phase a code of construction practice and associated pollution control plans are submitted to and approved by the Environment Agency prior to works on that phase.
Ecology and Biodiversity
We request that the Development Consent Order includes a Requirement that the Environment Agency pre-approves methodologies proposed in the Ecological Management Plan to safeguard wetland habitats.
We have suggested schemes where the applicant could work with the Environment Agency to satisfy the NPS EN-1, paragraph 5.3.4 which states ‘The applicant should show how the project would take opportunities to conserve and enhance biodiversity conservation interests’.
We have noted an error in naming an RBMP in the document Volume 6, Annex 2.5 – Water Framework Directive Surface Water Assessment.
We have advised of the need for the applicant to obtain a licence or an exemption for dewatering activity.
We have advised that further detail, correction or amendment is required for the documents Environmental Statement (Addendum): Volume 7, Environmental Statement: Volume 6, Annex 2.4, Environmental Statement: Volume 6, Annex 1.2 and Environmental Statement: Volume 6, Annex 1.4.
We have advised that the abandoned MoD pipeline detailed in Environmental Statement: Volume 4, Annex 4.4, may still have the potential to cause contamination. The characteristics of the site and works should be identified so that risks are analysed, and measures put in place to manage any existing contamination or prevent it occurring. This should be referenced in the CoCP.
We have noted that the applicant has not seeking to dis-apply environmental permits and have advised that these must be obtained prior to any works commencing. We have provided advice on how to apply for the relevant permits.
We trust that these comments are useful.
MRS BARBARA MOSS-TAYLOR
Sustainable Places - Planning Specialist
Direct dial 020847 48010
Direct e-mail [email protected]