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UK - Hornsea Project Three Offshore Windfarm Finally Secures Consent

The Planning Inspectorate in the UK has confirmed that the application for the 2.4-GW Hornsea Project Three offshore windfarm has finally been given development consent.

The application was submitted for consideration back in May 2018 and accepted for examination on 8 June 2018, but a final decision was delayed by concerns about the potential effects of the development on seabirds, including kittiwakes.

Following a six-month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the examining authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alok Sharma on 2 July 2019.

Following a request for further information and comments from interested parties, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy issued a letter stating that he was minded to approve the application subject to further information from the applicant and interested parties on a number of issues, including potentially adverse effects on seabirds.

To allow time for the applicant, Ørsted, to submit further information by 30 September 2020 and to allow for consultation on the further information with interested parties, the Secretary of State set a new deadline of 31 December 2020 for his decision on the application.

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