Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm (Zone 4) – Project Two

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm (Zone 4) - Project Two was taken on 16 August 2016 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 (52 items)

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An application for a non-material change to the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm (Zone 4) – Project Two Development Consent Order has been made by Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited.

If you wish to make a representation, this should be emailed to Hornsea2@pins.gsi.gov.uk or posted to:

Hornsea 2 Project
The Planning Inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol
BS1 6PN

The deadline for making a representation is 23:59 on 26 March 2018.

14 February 2018
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The responses to the Non-Material Change Consultation have been published.

20 December 2017
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An application for a non-material change to the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm (Zone 4) – Project Two Development Consent Order has been made by Optimus Wind Limited and Breesea Limited.
If you wish to make a representation, this should be emailed to hornsea2@pins.gsi.gov.uk or posted to:

Major Applications & Plans
3/18 Eagle Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol, BS1 6PN

The deadline for making a representation is 11.59pm on Monday 18 December 2017.

14 November 2017
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The Secretary of State has issued a Correction Notice and Correction Order for the Hornsea Offshore Wind farm (Zone 4)- Project Two Order.

16 November 2016
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
16 August 2016
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The responses to the secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change letter issued 12 July 2016 have now been published.

20 July 2016
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The secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued a Request for Comments.
The deadline for responses to this letter is 19 July 2016.

12 July 2016
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The responses to secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change letter have now been published.

27 June 2016
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The secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued a letter regarding a further extension to the deadline for responses to the consultation request issued on the 28 April 2016.

The deadline for responses is now 24 June 2016.

15 June 2016
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The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change a notification of extension to the deadline for the responses to the letter issued 28 April.

The deadline for responses has been extended to 13 May 2016. Correspondence regarding this has now been issued.

10 May 2016
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The Planning Inspectorate submitted a recommendation report to the Secretary of State on 16 March 2016
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change issued a consultation letter to Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural England on 29 March 2016.

30 March 2016
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The Examining Authority (ExA) completed its examination of the application on 16 December 2015 and will now report on its findings. The ExA’s report and recommendation must be submitted to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change on or before 16 March 2016. The Secretary of State will then have a further 3 months to make its decision on whether development consent should be granted.

The Planning Inspectorate would like to thank everyone who has participated in this examination.

17 December 2015
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Submissions received for Deadline 8 have now been published. Comments can be submitted up to 11.59pm on 16 December 2015

15 December 2015
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Submissions received for Deadline 7 have now been published.

11 December 2015
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The Submissions by the Applicant on 4 December 2015 and a Rule 17 have been published.

07 December 2015
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A Rule 17 letter requesting further information has been published.

The Report on the Implications for European sites has also been published

Documents for Deadline 6 have been published.

26 November 2015
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All deadline 5 documents have been published.

17 November 2015
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The Planning Inspectorate have notified all interested parties of a change in the examination timetable in relation to the Report of the Implications on European Sites (RIES). This is now being issued at deadline 6 with comments to be received by deadline 7. The content of the letter is correct however the annexed timetable contains an error. Comments on the RIES are not due at deadline 6.

04 November 2015
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

04 November 2015
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30 October 2015
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All deadline 4 documents have now been published.

Please note there is an error on page 8 of the Agenda for the Issue Specific and Compulsory Acquisition hearings the Planning Inspectorate wishes to confirm there will not be a hearing held on the 30 October 2015.

21 October 2015
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19 October 2015
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13 October 2015
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An amended document containing Second Round of Written Questions has been published. There is now additional wording to question G10 in relation to seeking views regarding proposes amendments to the order limits.

29 September 2015
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28 September 2015
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25 September 2015
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The ExA has accepted representations from the Applicant, DONG – Hornsea Project 2, Natural England and E.ON Exploration and Production UK Limited in advance of the hearings taking place from 15 September to the 18 September 2015.

11 September 2015
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11 August 2015
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A Rule 17 letter has been issued by the Examining Authority following the Accompanied Site Inspection and first Issue Specific Hearing.

06 August 2015
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The ExA, having reviewed deadline 1 responses from all interested parties, has taken the decision, as advised in the Rule 8 letter and examination timetable, to not hold the Open Floor Hearing on 28 July 2015. Therefore no hearing will take place on 28 July 2015.

A site visit itinerary to be held on 29 July 2015 and agenda for the issue-specific hearing to be held on 30 July 2015 have been published.

The case team will be emailing all those who have confirmed attendance on the site visit this afternoon, if you do not receive an email but wish to attend please contact the Hornsea Project team.

21 July 2015
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20 July 2015
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The Rule 8 and the First Round of Examining Authority’s Written Questions have now been published.

The audio recording and note of the Preliminary Meeting held on 16 June is now available.

The Examination Library has also been updated for this project.

22 June 2015
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The audio recording of the Preliminary Meeting held on 16 June is now available.

The Examination Library has also been updated for this project.

19 June 2015
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
16 June 2015
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The Examining Authority have issued the Rule 6 letter, notifying of the Preliminary Meeting and draft examination timetable. The Examining Authority have also accepted a number of documents submitted by the Applicant during the pre-examination period.

The Examination Library has been published for this project.

The Rule 6 has been republished following an incorrect email address. If you have already attempted to contact the case team using the previous @infrastructure address, please resend to Hornsea2@pins.gsi.gov.uk.

15 May 2015
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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.

15 May 2015
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The relevant representation period has now closed. The relevant representations have been published.

27 April 2015
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Relevant representations published on the website
24 April 2015
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Registration of interested parties closes
22 April 2015
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You can now register as an interested partyRegister online

If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the helpline on: 0303 444 5000 to request a paper form. Advice Note about Registering

 

The Applicant has submitted a letter to the Inspectorate regarding the incorrect uploading of the Aviation, Military and Communication Technical Report (Doc ref 7.5.8.1). The correct document and the letter have both been published. Please note the Inspectorate had received the document in hard copy for the acceptance.

17 March 2015
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Registration of interested parties begins
11 March 2015
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The application has been accepted for examination

19 February 2015
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
19 February 2015
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This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 30 January 2015.

The applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as soon as practicable upon submission to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed in this application.

This provision is solely for the purpose of allowing more time to all those who wish to become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed ahead of the relevant representation period without lengthening the overall time required for the application process. There will be no opportunity at this stage to make comments on the application. However, if the application is accepted anyone interested in the application will be able to register and express their views during the relevant representation stage and the subsequent examination.

View guidance on the requirements and procedures of the pre-application process

11 February 2015
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
30 January 2015
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A new voluntary evidence plan process, which is the responsibility of the Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit (MIEU) which sits within Defra, seeks to address Habitats Directive issues in development consent order applications. An evidence plan has now been published for the Hornsea Project Two.

16 June 2014