Hornsea Project Four Offshore Wind Farm

What happens next

22/02/2023 - Deadline for Secretary of State to make decision

The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State on 22 November 2022. The Secretary of State has three months in which to issue a decision. The decision letter and Recommendation Report will be published on this project page once a decision has been made.

Timeline (71 items)

Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
22 November 2022

The Examination closed at 23.59 on 22 August 2022. Notification of completion of the Examination (s99) (PDF, 131 KB) has been issued.

31 August 2022

The Examining Authority (ExA) has used its discretion to accept a late submission from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (PDF, 238 KB). The document was submitted after Deadline 8 but before the close of the Examination.  Due to a technical issue, it was not apparent that the document had been received and as such it was not published on the website before the close of the Examination.

Whilst the Examination is now closed, and the ExA cannot accept or see any further representations including any responses to this document, any submissions received following the close of the Examination and before the deadline for the submission of the report (22 November 2022) will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy along with the report.

24 August 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submissions received before the close of Examination from Harbour Energy, the Applicant, National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc (NGET) and National Grid Gas Plc (NGG).

The Examination closed at 23.59 on 22 August 2022. Notification of completion of the Examination (s99) (PDF, 131 KB) has been issued.

23 August 2022

The Examination closes at 23:59 on 22 August 2022.

22 August 2022

Deadline 8 submissions have now been published. The Examining Authority has also used its discretion to accept late Deadline 8 submissions from Natural England.

Deadline 8 is the last deadline in the Examination Timetable and the acceptance of any documents submitted after this would be at the discretion of the Examining Authority (ExA). Anything submitted after the close of the Examination, which is 23:59 on Monday 22 August 2022, would not be provided to the ExA and would not be considered in the recommendation report.

18 August 2022

Deadline 7 submissions have now been published.

12 August 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 Request for Information (PDF, 13MB)  from The Applicant, Natural England and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The deadline for responses is Deadline 8, Thursday 18 August at midday.

Please note that due to the short time frame between Deadline 7 (D7) and the issuing of the Rule 17 Request the documents submitted at D7 may not currently be available to view on the project page of the Planning Inspectorate’s website. In order to maximise the time available for responses a copy of the Marine Management Organisations D7 submission referred to in the Rule 17 Request has been attached as an annex to the Rule 17 Request.

11 August 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept a late Deadline 6 submission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (PDF, 105KB)

The Exam Library (PDF, 772kb) has been updated.

29 July 2022

Deadline 6 submissions have now been published.

The Examining Authority (ExA) has issued a Rule 17 letter (PDF, 151 KB) requesting further information from the Applicant.

The Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (PDF, 701 KB) and the Schedule of ExA’s recommended amendments to the Applicant’s draft Development Consent Order (DCO) (PDF, 183 KB) have also been published.

29 July 2022

The Examining Authority (ExA) has issued a Rule 17 letter (PDF, 151 KB) requesting further information from the Applicant.

The Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (PDF, 701 KB) and the Schedule of ExA’s recommended amendments to the Applicant’s draft Development Consent Order (DCO) (PDF, 183 KB) have also been published.

28 July 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 letter (PDF, 203 KB). It requests updates in relation to Compulsory Acquisition (CA) and Temporary Possession (TP). It also lists the action points from the Issue Specific Hearings held during the week commencing 18 July 2022 which require a response from Organisations who did not attend.

The deadlines for responses can be found in the letter.

25 July 2022

The action points, recordings and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 12 (ISH12) have been published.

The exam library will be updated shortly.

22 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Natural England (PDF, 2MB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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 agenda:

To participate in this hearing, you need to register using this form.

The following have also been published:

21 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Natural England (PDF, 2MB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

The following have also been published:

The recordings and transcripts for ISH10 will be published as soon as practicable.

20 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Natural England (PDF, 2MB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

The following have also been published:
The Action Points, recording and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 8 (ISH8)
The Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 7 (ISH7) (PDF, 133KB)

The recordings and transcripts for ISH7 will be published as soon as practicable.

 

20 July 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

The following have also been published:
The Action Points, recording and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 8 (ISH8)
The Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 7 (ISH7) (PDF, 133KB)

The recordings and transcripts for ISH7 will be published as soon as practicable.

19 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from The Applicant, Harbour Energy and Viking Link.

The Action Points for Issue Specific Hearing 7 (ISH) (PDF, 133KB) have also been published. The recordings and transcripts will be published as soon as practicable.

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

18 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Perenco UK Limited (PDF, 84 KB)

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

18 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant, Historic England, Natural England, Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place during the week of 18 July 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:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form.

15 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (PDF, 244 KB)

As there have been no requests to be heard the Examining Authority (ExA) considers that the matters that were due to have been discussed at Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 (CAH2) can be dealt with in writing. Consequently CAH2 which was scheduled for Monday 18 July 2022 (pm) is cancelled. The ExA intend to issue a Rule 17 letter following the completion of the remaining Issue Specific Hearings (ISH) to deal with the matters that would have been discussed at CAH2 and any other matter that may arise as a result of the ISH.

The agendas for the remaining ISH, taking place during the week of 18 July 2022, have been published:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

12 July 2022

As there have been no requests to be heard the Examining Authority (ExA) considers that the matters that were due to have been discussed at Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 (CAH2) can be dealt with in writing. Consequently CAH2 which was scheduled for Monday 18 July 2022 (pm) is cancelled. The ExA intend to issue a Rule 17 letter following the completion of the remaining Issue Specific Hearings (ISH) to deal with the matters that would have been discussed at CAH2 and any other matter that may arise as a result of the ISH.

The agendas for the remaining ISH, taking place during the week of 18 July 2022, have been published:

To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant (PDF, 268KB).

11 July 2022

The Deadline 5a submissions have been published.

The Applicant’s notice of Hearings scheduled for the week of 18 July 2022 (PDF, 103KB) has been published. To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

05 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant (PDF, 186 KB).

The Applicant’s notice of Hearings scheduled for the week of 18 July 2022 (PDF, 103KB) has been published. To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

28 June 2022

The Applicants notice of Hearings scheduled for the week of 18 July 2022 (PDF, 103KB) has been published. To participate in any of these hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

The Deadline 5 submissions have been published. The Exam Library has been updated.

22 June 2022

The Deadline 5 submissions have been published.

To participate in any of the hearings during the week of 18 July 2022, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

21 June 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 13 letter (PDF,141KB) which provides Notification of Hearings during the week of 18 July 2022.

To participate in any of the above hearings, you need to register using this form before 23:59 on 14 July 2022.

20 June 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (PDF,179KB)

13 June 2022

The Examining Authority has issued its Further Written Questions (ExQ2) (PDF, 358KB) and a Rule 8(3) letter (PDF, 182KB) which revises the Examination Timetable.

30 May 2022

The Deadline 4a submissions have been published.

26 May 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept late Deadline 4 submissions from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

20 May 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 8(3), 9 and 17 letter.(PDF,178KB)  It requests further information from the Applicant and revises the Examination Timetable.

A response has been requested by Deadline 4a, Wednesday 25 May 2022.

19 May 2022

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