Rampion Offshore Windfarm
Plans for an offshore windfarm off the coast near Brighton & Hove are in preparation by E.ON Climate and Renewables. Details of the proposals can be found on E.ON’s web page for the windfarm project.
As a ‘nationally significant infrastructure project’, the planning application will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate.
The application for a Development Consent Order was submitted in March 2013 to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The application has now been accepted by the Inspectorate for determination. The planning application is available to view on the Planning Inspectorate website and in hard copy at Hove Town Hall from 4th April to 10th May 2013.
None of the onshore elements associated with the windfarm are expected to fall within Brighton & Hove’s boundaries. However, the windfarm would be expected to have a variety of impacts locally. Brighton & Hove City Council and the local community are therefore being consulted on the proposals as they evolve. Following submission of the application for a Development Consent Order, the city council has been asked to submit a Local Impact Report, giving details of the likely impact of the proposed development on the authority’s area.
Now the Development Consent Order has been registered, you can now register as an interested party. Planning Inspectorate guidance explains how to get involved and participate in the Planning Process as an interested party. Registration as an interested party closes on 11 May 2013.
Consultations already undertaken by E.ON
E.ON submitted a Scoping Report to the IPC on 13 September 2010, in order to ask for the IPC’s opinion on whether their proposed approach to environmental assessment is robust. In order to inform its response, the IPC carried out consultation with prescribed bodies, including Brighton & Hove City Council. The city council’s Response to the IPC’s EIA scoping consultation [PDF 110kb] for the windfarm was submitted on 12 October 2010. The IPC’s Scoping Opinion has now been issued and is available on the IPC website's scoping and screening documents page. (The Planning Inspectorate took over this role from the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) on 1 April 2012, under the Localism Act 2011).
E.ON produced a Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) Strategy in Jan 2012
E.ON undertook public consultation with local communities over a 12 week period from 13 February to 6 May 2012 in venues across Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
Between 13th June 8th August 2012 E.ON carried out a formal consultation on their Draft Environmental Statement with statutory consultees, which included the city council,
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