Taking marine projects through planning needs access to a range of skills and specialist advice. Headland’s strong background in onshore renewables projects provides a firm base for our approach to marine developments. While the same processes of consultation and impact assessment may be involved, critical to a successful outcome is understanding the risks and concerns in the marine development.
Following the award of a development licence as part of the Crown Estate and Government second tender round, Triton Knoll Offshore Wind farm has been in development since 2008, led by RWE npower renewables. The windfarm is located 33km off the coast of Lincolnshire in UK territorial waters. Up to a maximum of 288 turbines were granted, providing enough power for up to 800,000 average UK households.
The development includes the offshore turbines, and all associated infrastructure, including offshore cabling linking the turbines, underground onshore cables from the landfall point to a substation for the wind farm, with further cabling linking this to the national grid connection. Headland provided a range of specialist advice throughout the planning process including consultation with regulatory authorities and stakeholders, desk-based assessment, geophysical and geotechnical assessment, impact assessment and mitigation measures and the production of a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) and Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries (PAD).
The PAD forms an essential part of the documentation used by the contractors during development. It has to be a practical piece of guidance, outlining the chain of communication and roles and responsibilities of each party within the development. The PAD establishes a system for the recording and recovery of archaeological material, without unduly delaying or altering the development.