Wind farm plan passes first stage

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The first stage of an offshore wind energy development at Dogger Bank has been accepted.

The Planning Inspectorate accepted Forewind’s development consent order application after three years of surveys and research work, reporting and stakeholder engagement activity.

A pre-examination phase will now begin followed by a more formal process. It will take around ten months before a recommendation goes to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision.

Forewind General Manager Dr Lee Clarke said the acceptance of the application by the Planning Inspectorate is the culmination of the most extensive offshore survey programme ever undertaken in the UK offshore wind industry and one of the most comprehensive and thorough environmental impact assessments to date.

He said:“This has only been possible through close collaboration between the project partners, suppliers and contractors, and positive dialogue with the many and varied stakeholders.”

“We look forward to continued engagement with them and with the Planning Inspectorate in the coming phase to ensure a positive outcome, with the benefits that this will bring in terms of the economy and the generation of renewable energy.”

Organisations and individuals wishing to make comments on the application, or be informed of the progress of the examination, are now able to register as an interested party with the Planning Inspectorate.

Copies of the full applications will shortly be available to download from the Forewind website www.forewind.co.uk. Dogger Bank Creyke Beck will be followed by two more stages of development for Dogger Bank Teesside A & B and Dogger Bank Teesside C & D.