The green light has been given to the Hornsea Project Four Offshore Wind Farm by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. The venture involves the expansion of the offshore wind farm known as Hornsea Project Four. This particular development site is nestled within the western sector of the former Hornsea, otherwise recognized as Zone 4, as part of the Round 3 offshore wind licensing agreements put in place by The Crown Estate.
The Planning Inspectorate received the application from Orsted Hornsea Project Four Limited for review on September 29, 2021, and formally approved it for examination on October 27, 2021.
During an extensive Examination period, the public, Statutory Consultees, and Interested Parties had the chance to present evidence to the Examining Authority. Following this, the Examining Authority forwarded its recommendations to the Secretary of State on November 22, 2022.
This is a milestone achievement as it marks the 126th Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and the 73rd energy application to have been assessed by The Planning Inspectorate, all within the framework set out in the Planning Act 2008.
Paul Morrison, Chief Executive of The Planning Inspectorate, stated: “Since the implementation of the Planning Act 2008 process, The Planning Inspectorate has examined over 100 nationally significant infrastructure projects. This has provided local communities with the chance to participate in the review of projects that could impact them.
“We ensured the same level of community involvement for this project. Local residents, the local authority, and other Interested Parties had the opportunity to partake in the six-month-long Examination.
“The Examining Authority was diligent in hearing and taking into account all local perspectives and the evidence collected during the Examination prior to finalizing its recommendation to the Secretary of State.”
The final decision, the Examining Authority’s recommendations to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (now rebranded as the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero), as well as the evidence that informed these recommendations, are accessible to the public via the project pages of the National Infrastructure Planning website.