Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

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Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm

Received 12 September 2018
From Thanet District Council

Representation

Thanet District Council are supportive of proposals which generate renewable energy as a key tenant in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the National Planning Policy Framework. The issues outlined in the Council’s pre-application response comprised the visual impacts of the development, potential impact on air quality from the on-shore construction works, noise and nuisance impacts from on-shore work, impact on land quality from ground works during construction, socio-economic and tourism impacts and shipping and navigation issues.

The Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) application has taken account of the matters raised throughout the process by the Council. It is considered that the main issues to be considered by the Examining Authority from Thanet District Council’s perspective are:

- The visual impact of the new turbines on the seascape and landscape character area designations within the district.

- Impacts from the construction works and operation on land quality, human health, controlled waters and ecological receptors from onshore development.

The Council does not object to the development on the issues raised above, however believes that these matters should be carefully considered by the Examining Authority. In particular, the Council raises concern at this stage over the short-term construction and long-term operational impacts from noise from the substation at night on residential receptors in Ebbsfleet, and the potential impacts from contaminant releases at the landfill site during the construction phase.

The Council’s concern on noise impact from construction and operation of the substation relates to 8 residential receptors (denoted as LT4 within the Environmental Statement Volume 3 Chapter 10) and we will continue to assess the information provided with the application and engage with the applicant on this matter.

The requirement for intrusive site investigation works and groundwater monitoring prior to construction, necessary to inform appropriate mitigation, and how this is secured through the Development Consent Order requirements, will be assessed in subsequent submissions by the Council.

The Council does not raise any objection with the assessment of significant effects within the Environmental Statement on the matters within the application as submitted, except for significance of impact on residential receptors at LT4 from noise.

The Council does not wish to raise objection in terms of air quality following the analysis of the applicant’s submission, which appropriately assesses any significant adverse effects or unacceptable risks.

The Council are content that the Thanet’s historic landscape has been considered in the submission and that the conclusion that the impact on the overall character and significance of the heritage assets in the district (above ground) would be limited.

Concerns previously raised regarding the potential impact on the tourism economy relate to the impact on the seascape and landscape character areas designations from the development. This impact is not quantifiable and therefore is not brought forward as a main issue by the Council, but as a general concern.

The Council considers that the submission deals with the concerns raised in relation to shipping and navigation issues through the changes made to the project.

With regard to other matters such as traffic and transport, archaeology and ecology, we would defer to the appropriate agencies and organisations already involved in the process.