Having initially been scheduled for the first week of October, a planning decision on Ørsted’s Hornsea 3 offshore windfarm will now not be made until late March 2020.
On 27 September, reNews reported that the decision on the 2.4GW windfarm had been delayed to allow further information and comments to be submitted in relation to the project’s impact on birds, sandbanks and marine conservation areas. Both Ørsted and the RSPB have made late submissions with regards to the impact on birds, sparking the delay.
Comments are invited on those submissions, as well as on possible alternate options to minimise Hornsea 3’s impact on birds at the Flamborough and Filey Coast Special Protection Area. The impact from the cable rock protection on subtidal sand features on the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds and Markham’s Triangle zones has sparked concerns over marine conservation areas.
Ørsted will also have to submit an updated In Principle Southern North Sea Special Area of Conservation Site Integrity Plan, in consultation with the Marine Management Organisation. The previous plan had been adjudged to have been out of date.
All responses must be submitted by 31 December.