Sheringham and Dudgeon Extension Projects

The list below includes a record of advice we have provided for this project. For a list of all advice issued by the Planning Inspectorate, including non-project related advice, please go to the Register of advice page.

There is a statutory duty, under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008, to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application, including the name of the person who requested the advice, and to make this publicly available.

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Enquiry received via meeting
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19 July 2022
Equinor - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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Draft Documents Feedback and Project Update Meeting
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15 June 2022
Equinor - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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20 January 2022
Equinor - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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Project Update Meeting
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20 September 2021
Equinor - anon.
Enquiry received via email
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Can you please tell me: 1. As a Parish Council impacted by the onshore cable path when we can submit a Local Impact Report 2. Will you contact Parish Councils for submission of Local Impact Reports? 3. Do you contact other local authorities i.e. Norfolk County Council and District Councils? 4. Your advice note on submitting Local Impact Reports states you contact other organisations. Can you supply a list of who you will be contacting? 5. As this is a new area for me, any other advice you can give will be most welcome including guidance on format
1. As a Parish Council impacted by the onshore cable path when we can submit a Local Impact Report? Parish councils cannot submit Local Impact Reports (LIR). Section 60(2) of the Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) sets out that only the relevant local authorities defined in s56A(2) of the PA2008 (ie the host and neighbouring upper (county)/ lower (district/ borough etc) tier and unitary local authorities in which the Proposed Development is located), as well as the Greater London Authority (if located within Greater London)) can submit a LIR. Although the relevant parish councils (those parish councils located within the host lower tier/ unitary local authorities’ administrative boundary) are regarded as statutory parties for the purposes of an Examination, they cannot submit a LIR. Advice Note One: Local Impact Reports sets out that parish council representations to local authorities in respect of the Proposed Development can be referenced in LIRs if they’re relevant to particular local impacts. You may wish to liaise with the relevant local authorities to set out your concerns in respect of the Proposed Development on your parish. [attachment 1] 2. Will you contact Parish Councils for submission of Local Impact Reports? Parish councils will not be contacted to prepare and provide LIRs. The relevant local authorities (as defined above) are informally notified about the preparation of LIRs when we contact them to advise that an application is close to being submitted, in order to request ‘Adequacy of Consultation Representations’ once the application has been received to gain understanding as to whether they believe an Applicant has met its statutory duties in respect of Statutory Consultation. The ‘Rule 6’ letter, which, amongst other things, invites parties to attend the Preliminary Meeting (PM), sets out the draft Examination Table for the Examination, and includes a procedural decision formally inviting LIRs from the relevant local authorities. The ‘Rule 8’ letter that follows after the PM, once Examination begins, sets out the deadlines contained within the Examination Timetable including the deadline for receipt of LIRs. Usually this is very early in the timetable to allow appropriate time to examine the matters contained within LIRs. The relevant parish councils will also receive the Rule 6 and 8 letters, which set out the deadline for ‘Written Representations’, providing parish councils the opportunity to put their case in writing on how their parish will be affected by a Proposed Development. Additionally, you may consider entering into a ‘Statement of Common Ground’ (SoCG) with the Applicant to set out formally any areas of agreement and disagreement you and the Applicant may have in respect of the Proposed Development in your parish. The Applicant will submit a suite of SoCGs with various statutory bodies and local authorities and may consider doing so with your parish council. As the responsibility for producing and submitting SoCGs lies solely with the Applicant, I recommend contacting them to enquire about the opportunity for such a document prior to submission. 3. Do you contact other local authorities i.e. Norfolk County Council and District Councils? The Rule 6 and 8 letters inviting the preparation and submission of LIRs are sent to the relevant host and neighbouring upper/ lower tier and unitary local authorities, which, for this scheme, includes Norfolk County Council as the host upper tier council. Any host or neighbouring district councils will also be invited to do so. 4. Your advice note on submitting Local Impact Reports states you contact other organisations. Can you supply a list of who you will be contacting? As set out above, the Rule 6 and 8 letters will invite only the relevant host and neighbouring local authorities, and the Greater London Authority (if the Proposed Development is located within Greater London) to prepare and submit LIRs. I am happy to prepare a list of these councils if that would help but the relevant local authorities will not be formally identified until the Applicant provides confirmation of the Proposed Development’s final footprint, its ‘Red Line Boundary’, setting out the area that contains all the works and land acquisition applied for that’s required to construct and operate the Proposed Development, shortly before submission. 5. As this is a new area for me, any other advice you can give will be most welcome including guidance on format. As your parish council will not be invited to prepare and submit a LIR, I recommend you review the following advice for your council to engage effectively during the Examination: [attachment 2] [attachment 3] [attachment 4] [attachment 5] [attachment 6]

20 August 2021
Barford and Wramplingham Parish Council - Sandra Betts
Enquiry received via email
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Dudgeon and Sheringham extensions is an NSIP project which is currently consulting on its PEIr (Section 42 consultation) that incorporates extensions to the Dudgeon and Sheringham Round 2 OWFs. However, it is not that simple as dudgeon extension consists of two areas Dudgeon North and Dudgeon South that are completely separated by the original array which are again separated from the Sheringham extension by some distance. So effectively you have 3 spatially separate projects/array areas with interlinking cables where the impacts are significantly different. The Applicant wants ultimate flexibility so their assessment under each thematic area includes options for building the project as a whole, sequentially (phased build) or only taking forward one of the extensions and not the other (either/or). We are therefore faced with a situation of not only assessing/advising on the impacts in each of the 3 (different) arrays separately but then under each of the 4 construction options. Unfortunately the DCO/dML is still to be drafted so we are struggling to see how the above issues will all be addressed and to inform on mitigation measures to minimise the impacts Therefore we would really appreciate some steer from PINs as to whether or not on the information presented above, and experience from EA1N and EA2, if this should actually be taken forward as one project? And if it is, then would it then be considered that options to only part build out the project would be for the developer to decide post consent and impacts for the individual extensions are not needed to be considered in the application as not worst case scenario?
Thank you for your email of 21 May in which you seek advice about the proposed Sheringham and Dudgeon Extension Project (SADEP). We discussed the scale and nature of the proposed application with the Applicant and our published advice is set out here in the published meeting note (Attachment). We won’t comment on the East Anglia One North and East Anglia 2 parallel examinations as they are ongoing and you have the opportunity to put your views on the applications directly to the Examining Authority. With regard to SADEP, it’s for the Applicant to decide what to include in their application, including any construction phasing plan. It’s also not unusual for a DCO to contain more than one NSIP. We note the complexities you describe in respect of the current PEIR consultation; however, during the pre application stage, statutory bodies and other consultees have the opportunity to put their views on the structure of the emerging ES directly to the Applicant as part of the ongoing engagement process. In general terms, the Applicant would need to assess the worst case i.e. the maximum extent of development. If the Applicant chose to build out less than the maximum development, this would be assumed to have less environmental impact than the worst case. PINS also has regular meetings with Natural England at the corporate level, which are non-case specific – you can also feed in any views or thoughts on the difficulties you have identified to your colleagues who attend those meetings.

21 May 2021
Natural England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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Project update meeting
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12 February 2021
Equinor - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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Project update meeting.
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16 November 2020
SADEP - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
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Project update meeting.
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29 April 2020
Equinor UK - anon.
Enquiry received via email
Comments on the Equinor Scoping Report
Thanks for your email and letter, the contents of which I have noted. We have double checked the boundary of your town council, and as High Kelling Parish Council is not within the boundary of the proposed DCO application, you are not a statutory consultee and as such your response will not be appended to the Planning Inspectorate’s Scoping Opinion. However, you of course may contact the developer directly during pre-application process if you wish to get involved at that time. If an application is submitted and accepted by the Planning Inspectorate you will then have an opportunity to register as an interested party.

07 November 2019
High Kelling Parish Council - Gemma Harrison
Enquiry received via email
Application by Equinor New Energy Limited (the Applicant) for an Order granting Development Consent for the Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm Extensions (the Proposed Development) With reference to the above proposal the Town Council have no comment to make at the moment but would like to be added as a consultee for future information on the development Sue Lake Aylsham Town Clerk Aylsham Town Council Town Hall, Market Place Aylsham, Norwich NR11 6EL
Dear Ms Lake, Thanks for your email. We note that you currently have no comment to make. We have double checked the boundary of your town council, and as Aylsham Town Council is not within the boundary of the proposed DCO application, you are not a statutory consultee and as such your response will not be appended to the Planning Inspectorate’s Scoping Opinion. However, you of course may contact the developer directly during pre-application process if you wish to get involved at that time. We are not currently inviting interested parties to register at this early stage. However, if an application is submitted and accepted by the Planning Inspectorate you will then have an opportunity to register as an interested party. I hope this clarifies things.

05 November 2019
Aylsham Town Council - Sue Lake
Enquiry received via phone
1) How are consultees, particularly Parish Councils, identified for notification and consultation on the Scoping Report? Who identifies them? 2) Can Parish Councils that are not consulted by PINS comment on the Scoping Report? 3) Will the bodies that were notified and consulted be informed when the Scoping Opinion is adopted?
1) The Planning Inspectorate identifies consultation bodies in accordance with legislation (Schedule 1 of The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009). Any parish council within which the Proposed Development would be located (ie the ‘scoping area’ identified in the Scoping Report) would be notified and consulted. A list of all consultation bodies will be included in the Scoping Opinion, once adopted. 2) Only responses received from consultation bodies that were notified and consulted will be included in the Scoping Opinion. If a Parish Council that has not been notified and consulted wishes to comment on the Scoping Report, it is recommended that they send their comments directly to the applicant. 3) The Inspectorate has 42 days from receipt of a scoping request to adopt a Scoping Opinion and will publish it on the project page of the website. Consultation bodies will not be individually notified of its publication.

31 October 2019
Oulton Parish Council - Alison Shaw
Enquiry received via email
I am writing to enquire as to whether you would accept a response from The Wildlife Trusts on the Scoping Report for Sheringham and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Extension? Kind regards Tania Tania Davey Living Seas Sustainable Development Officer The Wildlife Trusts
Dear Tania Thank you for your email. In forming it’s opinion as to the scope of the information that the Applicant should include in its Environmental Statement, the Inspectorate consults with a number of consultation bodies as listed in Schedule 1 of The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009. Wildlife Trusts are not listed as consultation bodies and therefore any comments you have would not be included in the Scoping Opinion. However, we would strongly encourage you to send any comments that you may have directly to the developer, as the Applicant has a statutory duty to take your views into account.

29 October 2019
The Wildlife Trusts - Tania Davey
Enquiry received via phone
Query about the type of information that should be included in the parish council's response to the consultation on the Applicant's scoping report.
The scoping opinion is issued by the Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State. It advises the Applicant on what environmental aspects and matters should be covered in the environmental statement. The Applicant's scoping report and National Policy Statement EN-1 describe the aspects of the environment which will be covered in the environmental statement. It would be helpful if the parish council's response could advise on particular local issues such as construction traffic or effects on tourism which they feel should be included in the environmental statement.

17 October 2019
Weybourne Parish Council - Catherine Fletcher
Enquiry received via meeting
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Meeting Note
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19 September 2019
Equinor UK
Enquiry received via meeting
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Inception Meeting
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18 March 2019
Equinor UK
Enquiry received via meeting
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15 November 2018
Equinor UK