Hornsea Project Four Offshore Wind Farm

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

22/08/2022 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

If you have a legal interest in land affected by a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and:

  • have not been identified by the Applicant; and
  • did not register to become an Interested Party;

then you can make a request to the Examining Authority to become an Interested Party under s102A of the Planning Act 2008.

Timeline (38 items)

The Deadline 4 submissions have been published.

11 May 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 letter, requesting further information from Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (PDF, 193KB). Responses have been requested by Deadline 4, Tuesday 10 May 2022.

The recordings and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6) have now been published.

03 May 2022

The recordings of the livestream hearings during the week of 25 April 2022 have been published:  ISH5 – Marine and Coastal Ornithology

The following have also been published:  Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 6 (PDF, 125KB)

The reserved date for the Issue Specific Hearing 7 (ISH7) on 4 May 2022 has been cancelled.

29 April 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 25 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend. Please see the relevant agendas: ISH6 – Habitats Regulations Assessment (PDF, 171KB)

The recordings of the livestream hearings during the week of 25 April 2022 have been published:  ISH4- Marine Environment, excluding ornithology

The following have also been published:  Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 5 (PDF, 111KB)

The reserved date for the Issue Specific Hearing 8 (ISH8) on 5 May 2022 has been cancelled.

28 April 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 25 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend. Please see the relevant agendas:

The recordings of the livestream hearings during the week of 25 April 2022 have been published:

The following have also been published:  Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 4 (PDF, 111KB)

27 April 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 25 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend. Please see the relevant agendas:

The following have also been published:

Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF,115KB)
Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 3 (PDF,102KB)
Additional Submission from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited [AS-033] (PDF,159KB), accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority

26 April 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submission AS-032 from the Marine Management Organisation (PDF, 159KB)

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 25 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

The agendas for the following Issue Specific Hearings (ISH), taking place during the week of 25 April 2022, have been published:

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.

The Deadline 3 submissions have been published.

25 April 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 25 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

The agendas for the following Issue Specific Hearings (ISH), taking place during the week of 25 April 2022, have been published:

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.

The Deadline 3 submissions have been published

22 April 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 letter, requesting further information from the Applicant and BP Exploration Operating Company Limited (PDF, 110 KB)

The agendas for the following Issue Specific Hearings (ISH), taking place during the week of 25 April 2022, have been published:

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.
The following have also been published:

14 April 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submission AS-030 from the Environment Agency (PDF, 6KB) and Additional Submission AS-031 from the Marine Management Organisation (PDF, 196KB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 11 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) for further information.

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.

11 April 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submission AS-030 from the Environment Agency (PDF, 6KB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 11 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) for further information.

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.

11 April 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 11 April 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) for further information.

To take part in the hearings, please register by using this form.

08 April 2022

Following a request from BP and the Applicant regarding examination of matters in relation to the Overlap Area and the Protective Provisions proposed by both parties, the ExA has revised the agenda for Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 172KB)  so that these matters will be considered at the end of the agenda and will include examination of background/ technical evidence to provide the context for the Protective Provisions.

The agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) have been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form.

07 April 2022

The Examining Authority has used their discretion to accept Additional Submissions AS-028 (PDF, 324KB)  and AS-029 (PDF, 326KB) from Natural England, to replace REP2-082.

The agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) have been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form.

06 April 2022

The Examining Authority has used their discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (PDF, 306KB)

The agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) have been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form before 4 April 2022

04 April 2022

The submissions for Deadline 2 have been published.

The agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) have been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form before 4 April 2022

31 March 2022

The agendas for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1)(PDF, 141KB), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 175KB) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) (PDF, 170KB) have been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form before 4 April 2022

The Examination Library (PDF, 342KB) has been updated.

23 March 2022

The Applicants notice of Hearings scheduled for April 2022 (PDF, 107KB) has been published.

To partake in the hearings, please register by using this form before 4 April 2022

The Examination Library (PDF, 342KB) has been updated.

18 March 2022

The submissions for Deadline 1 have been published.

10 March 2022

The Examining Authority’s first round of written questions (ExQ1) (PDF, 1MB) has been published.

28 February 2022

Read the letter

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

28 February 2022

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting has been published, along with the transcript of the meeting (PDF, 254KB)

A note of the PM (PDF, 531KB) has also been published.

24 February 2022

The Livestream for the Preliminary Meeting on Tuesday 22 February 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the Agenda for the Preliminary Meeting for further information.

22 February 2022
  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
22 February 2022

The Examining Authority (ExA) has used their discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Holderness Fishing Industry Group (PDF, 130KB) and The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. (PDF,4KB)

17 February 2022

Notes from the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Inspections, carried out on 9 February (PDF, 492KB) and 10 February 2022 (PDF,715KB) , have been published.

15 February 2022

The submissions for the Procedural Deadline have been published.

14 February 2022

The Examining Authority (ExA) has used their discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant on 26 January 2022 (PDF, 223KB) and 7 February 2022. (PDF, 412KB)

07 February 2022

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

24 January 2022

The Applicant submitted a set of documents on 14 January 2022, in response to s51 advice issued post-Acceptance. The Examining Authority has accepted them as additional submissions.

17 January 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
24 December 2021

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons.

The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations.

If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at email address: [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

17 December 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
16 December 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
04 November 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

27 October 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
26 October 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
29 September 2021