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2017 Offshore Wind Extensions Plan Level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Access all documents from the 2017 Offshore Wind Extensions Plan Level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) here.

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The Crown Estate has completed the plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) for 2017 project extension applications. 2.85 GW of new capacity, across 7 projects, will now progress to the award of rights.

The HRA, which The Crown Estate has undertaken as a requirement of the Habitats Regulations, assesses the possible impact of the proposed windfarm extensions on relevant nature conservation sites of European importance.

Throughout its assessment process, The Crown Estate, supported by expert independent advisors, has consulted with the statutory marine planning authorities, the statutory nature conservation bodies and a number of non-governmental stakeholders.

The seven extensions are at:

  • - Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm
  • - Dudgeon offshore wind farm
  • - Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm
  • - Galloper offshore wind farm
  • - Rampion offshore wind farm
  • - Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm
  • - Thanet offshore wind farm

For more detail on the extensions process, and a map of the proposed sites, please visit our website.

The developers of the seven extensions listed above will now progress with project specific environmental assessments and surveys before seeking planning consent for their projects through the statutory planning process.

The Crown Estate will be publishing its Appropriate Assessment which includes an overview of the HRA methodology, along with the technical report which informed it (known as The Report to Inform the Appropriate Assessment) - the report is available to view here.

To help developers' consideration of the location of their transmission system infrastructure including export cabling, The Crown Estate has developed a Cable Route Protocol which has been incorporated into the HRA. The Protocol is also available on the Marine Data Exchange here.

The below documents have been made available to download from the MDE here:

- Record of Appropriate Assessment

- Cable Route Protocol

- Offshore Wind Principles for HRA Screening

- Report to Inform an Appropriate Assessment

- Screening Report for Plan-level HRA