Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm was taken on 16 July 2014 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (29 items)

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Following grant of development consent for this application, the Marine Management Organisation has agreed to vary the deemed marine licence. Full information, including the varied deemed marine licence, is available on the MMO’s public register.

07 January 2015
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
16 July 2014
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The Examining Authority issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on 17 April 2014. A decision will be published within 3 months. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

22 April 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
17 April 2014
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A letter notifying parties of further published documents is available.

The examination has closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State.

See letter sent to interested parties

20 January 2014
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The Examining Authority has issued a request for further information in accordance with Rule 17 of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010.

13 January 2014
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter to all interested parties requesting comments on the following documents:
Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES)
Draft Development Consent Order

13 December 2013
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The s127 application relating to the interests of Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd has been withdrawn.

Network Rail confirmation
E.ON’s letter to the Department for Transport

18 November 2013
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A Rule 17 letter has been issued in relation to Habitats Regulations Assessment and Compulsory Acquisition matters.

22 October 2013
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A notification has been published setting out topics for the Issue Specific Hearings to be held on Wednesday 30 October 2013, Thursday 31 October 2013, and Friday 1 November 2013.

04 October 2013
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An itinerary for the accompanied site visit on 25 and 26 September has now been issued. Please note some minor changes from the itinerary previously advised in our notification letter of 21 August 2013.

20 September 2013
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Audio recordings of the open floor hearings that took place on 11 and 12 September have been published.

Recording of open Floor Hearing at Tottington Manor 11 September (MP3 78 MB)
Recording of open Floor Hearing The Brighton Centre 12 September (MP3 55 MB)

16 September 2013
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A note of the actions arising from the issue specific hearing on 28 and 29 August 2013 has now been published.

30 August 2013
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A notification of forthcoming hearings has been published.

23 August 2013
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Representations for the deadline of 15 August 2013 have been published:
Written Representations
Statements of Common Ground
Responses to the 1st ExA’s Questions

19 August 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

29 July 2013
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Audio recordings from the preliminary meeting have been published. A note of the meeting has also been published.

19 July 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
18 July 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

25 June 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
20 May 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
11 May 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
03 April 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

25 March 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
25 March 2013
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
01 March 2013