Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas

ClientVattenfall
LocationEast Anglia
Services

Background

In 2009 The Crown Estate awarded a Joint Venture – East Anglia Offshore Wind (EAOW) – the rights to develop Zone 5 off the East Anglian coast. The joint venture was comprised of Scottish Power (SP) and Vattenfall but in December 2014 a decision was made to split the zone, with Vattenfall taking control of the northern section with a target capacity of 3.6GW. The consents and build of this offshore wind farm was split into two phases, each requiring its own Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State.

Key project information

  • Vattenfall commissioned us to develop and implement a full communications and consultation programme for the two DCO applications
  • This involved a programme of non-statutory and statutory consultation covering a total period of five years
  • At present we are about half way through the process and, having published the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) for the first phase, we are about to enter a statutory consultation stage
  • Throughout the process we have worked closely with both the client and their Environmental Consultants to develop a consultation plan aligned with any relevant key project milestones such as Scoping and the Preliminary Environmental Information Report.

How we assisted

We proposed the names Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas, which separated them from SP’s EAOW1/2/3 nomenclature and linked back to local interest since HMS Boreas and Vanguard were ships sailed by Nelson who was born in Norfolk.

We then developed detailed stakeholder mapping along with analysis, development and management of the community and stakeholder risk register. This work then fed into the consultation strategy which promoted the use of the non-statutory phase to hold two stages of consultation, the first to launch Norfolk Vanguard and the second to show how it interacted with Norfolk Boreas.

We are supporting the client through the publication of the SoCC, development of a statutory consultation programme, and the publication of the PEIR and Norfolk Vanguard is due to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate mid-2018. The Norfolk Boreas submission will follow later.

Outcome

Early engagement with key S42 and S47 stakeholders was well received, as have been the project names, which play on local history. The two stages of public consultation were well attended and data captured illustrated a high level of understanding and acceptance for the two projects and shared infrastructure. Data from the consultations was communicated through an Interim Consultation Report and a Summary Report was sent to all respondents. The project received some very positive social media and press coverage and SoCC negotiations have been completed without any issues.