Extension to the Norfolk Boreas examination period

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The formal examination period for the Development Consent Order has been extended to October 2020.

The Norfolk Boreas Offshore Wind Farm is proposed to provide up to 180 wind turbines and an electrical export capacity of up to 1,800MW. The project would be located approximately 73km from the coast of Norfolk. A 45-metre-wide ‘cable corridor’ will connect the project from landfall near Happisburgh to a substation at Necton, 60km away.

The formal examination for the Development Consent Order for the Norfolk Boreas project commenced on the 12 November 2019. The NFU has made a number of written submissions to the examiners, on behalf of around 30 affected members.

The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of hearings being rescheduled as written submissions. A number of parties, including the NFU, highlighted concerns regarding the issues around participation during the pandemic. The Secretary of State confirmed on the 11 May that the examination period for the application will be extended to the 12 October 2020. The examiners published a revised examination timetable on the 19 May 2020.

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