ORSTED HORNSEA PROJECT THREE (UK) LIMITED SECTION 153 OF THE PLANNING ACT 2008 AND REGULATION 6 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (CHANGES TO, AND REVOCATION OF, DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDERS) REGULATIONS 2011
NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO MAKE A NON-MATERIAL CHANGE TO THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER:
THE HORNSEA PROJECT THREE OFFSHORE WIND FARM ORDER 2020 (SI 2020/1656) AS CORRECTED BY THE HORNSEA THREE OFFSHORE WIND FARM (CORRECTION) ORDER 2021 (SI 2021/599) AND AS AMENDED BY THE HORNSEA THREE OFFSHORE WIND FARM (AMENDMENT) ORDER 2023
Notice is hereby given that an application has been made by Orsted Hornsea Project Three (UK) Limited (company number 08584210) of 5 Howick Place, London, England, SW1P 1WG (the “Applicant”) to the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero to make a non-material change to the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm Order 2020 (as corrected by the Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm (Correction) Order 2021 and as amended by the Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm (Amendment) Order 2023) (the “Amended Order”) under the Planning Act 2008 (the “NMC Application”).
The Amended Order includes provision authorising the acquisition for the purpose of the construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm together with associated offshore and onshore infrastructure and all associated development (“Hornsea Three”), on land within the former Hornsea Zone in the North Sea approximately 121 kilometres to the northeast of the north Norfolk coast and approximately 10 kilometres west of the median line between UK and Netherland waters covering an area of approximately 696 square kilometres. Hornsea Three comprises the following elements: up to 231 wind turbines; up to three offshore accommodation platforms; up to twelve offshore transformer substations; up to six subsea offshore High Voltage Alternating Current (“HVAC”) booster stations; up to four surface offshore HVAC booster stations; subsea inter-array electrical circuits; a marine connection to shore; a foreshore connection and an onshore connection (comprising up to six export cable circuits and other associated infrastructure) to an onshore substation (which could also include an onshore HVAC booster station sited along the route); and the connection from there to National Grid’s existing Norwich Main substation.
The Amended Order requires the Applicant to construct four artificial nesting structures (“ANS”) for kittiwake along the English east coast, as a compensation measure for the potential impacts of the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Windfarm (”Hornsea Three”). Paragraph 3(c) of Part 1 of Schedule 14 of the Amended Order requires two structures to be in place to allow three full kittiwake breeding seasons, and the other two structures to be in place to allow two full kittiwake breeding seasons, to elapse before Hornsea Three becomes operational. The NMC Application seeks to make a non-material change to the Order to reflect that three structures have already been implemented and to further shorten the length of time the fourth ANS needs to be in place before Hornsea Three becomes operational. Specifically, the change will require three structures to be in place to allow three full kittiwake breeding seasons to elapse (these have already been implemented), and for the final fourth structure to be delivered prior to the final commissioning of the authorised development.
A copy of the NMC Application and its accompanying documents are available for inspection, free of charge, via the Planning Inspectorate’s website at the below address:
Planning Inspectorate website:
If you require a hard copy of the NMC Application and its accompanying documents (for example because you do not have access to a computer and are unable to view the documents on PINS’ website), you can request hard copies by contacting Orsted at HornseaProjectThree@orsted.com or on: +447826663963. Each hard copy is available at the cost of £20 per copy.
Any representation about the NMC Application must be made by email to: HornseaProjectThree@planninginspectorate.gov.uk, or in writing to:
National Infrastructure Planning, the Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN.
Please quote reference EN010080 on any correspondence. Representations will be made public by the Planning Inspectorate.
Please note that representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 11.59pm on 12th February 2024.
ORSTED HORNSEA PROJECT THREE (UK) LIMITED