15 Jul 2019

We are delighted to report that on Thursday the 4th July the Norfolk Boreas Application for Development Consent was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate. 

Last month staff from RHDHV accompanied senior personnel from Vattenfall Wind Power Limited in submitting the DCO Application for the Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm Project to the Planning Inspectorate. This is the culmination of two and half years work by the RHDHV consenting team, involving over 50 specialists, numerous sub consultants, and a dedicated project team of Claire Davies, Roisin Alldis, David Tarrant and Alistair Davison (Project Director).   

As requested by the client, we pulled out all the stops and allowed the submission to be made two weeks ahead of schedule.  This submission puts another 1.8GW of offshore wind capacity into the UK planning system, making it an exciting moment for our client and for Royal HaskoningDHV, who have been directly involved in over 20GW of offshore wind farm development.

Vattenfall Wind Power Limited also appointed Royal HaskoniongDHV as lead Environmental consultants on the sister project, Norfolk Vanguard, a decision which has paid dividends as it has allowed us to form a close working relationship with that project team and has allowing the creation of numerous synergies to made. 

Such synergies have also thrown up significant challenges as the Norfolk Boreas team have needed to consider two separate scenarios, one where Norfolk Vanguard is built and the synergies can be realised and one where it is not and Norfolk Boreas proceeds alone.  As such Norfolk Boreas Application page count runs to more than 22,000 pages.  Fortunately, the Planning Inspectorate has agreed that this can be the first offshore wind farm DCO submission to be made digitally and therefore a handful of USB sticks will do the job, where previously a van load of paperwork was required.