Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm
On 7 November 2014, the UK Government granted approval for a for Development Consent Order for DONG Energy Walney Extension (UK) Ltd to develop an offshore wind farm in UK Waters between the Isle of Man and Cumbria / Lancashire Coast.
Details of the decision can be accessed at: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/north-west/walney-extension-offshore-wind-farm/
Given the proximity to the Isle of Man and its vital air and sea navigation routes, the Isle of Man Government participated in the decision making process as it had a number of concerns about the proposals within the wider context of offshore wind farm development in the Irish Sea within UK Waters. More details of this proposal and the Isle of Man Government proposal are set out below.
The proposal is for the construction of an offshore wind farm extension located to the west and northwest of the existing offshore wind farm with an upper generating capacity of 750MW, together with offshore and onshore electrical infrastructure including cable route from the coast to a new substation located near Middleton, Lancashire.
Although outside of the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man, the Government has been involved in on-going dialogue with the developers about the potential impacts on the Isle of Man.
Following the submission of the Application for the Development Consent Order, The Isle of Man Government made a number of representations as follows to the UK Planning Inspectorate, who are the Examining Authority. These representations were prepared with input from Officers in the Departments of Infrastructure, Economic Development and Environment, Food & Agriculture.
- An online expression of interest on 19 September 2013.
- More detailed representations submitted on 2 October 2013
- A response to the Examining Authority’s 1st Set of Written Questions on 16 December 2013
- A response to the Examining Authority’s 2 Set of Written Questions on 7 March 2014 include map annex,
- The Statement of Common Ground agreed with the applicants on 14 March 2014.
On Tuesday 18 March 2014, the Examining Authority held two hearings as part of the process at the Villa Marina in Douglas.
The morning hearing was issue specific on air navigation issues. In the afternoon an open hearing was held which covered a number of issues including sea navigation, air navigation, socio-economic impact and visual impact.
Following the Hearings on 18 March 2014, at the request of the Examining Authority, the Isle of Man Government made a number of additional submissions:
- IOM Civil Aviation Administration Submission 27 March 2014
- IOM Government submission on Air Navigation for Open Hearing on 18 March 2014
- IOM Government submission on Shipping Navigation for Open Hearing on 18 March 2014
- IOM Airport Response to Request for Further Information April 2014
- Details of Isle of Man Airport Scheduled Services 2014
- Comments From Isle of Man Airport on further information submitted by Applicant (Dong Energy) and CAA on aviation navigation in response to the Examining Authorities request of 9 April 2014
- Isle of Man Airport Suggested amendments on Development Control Order (DCO) published by Examining Authority on 14 April 2014
- Walney Extension Wind Farm - Submission made by Isle of Man Airport on 9 May 2014 - Response from Isle of Man Airport to the Examining Authorities request on 29 April 2014 for additional information in relation to impacts on air navigation.
- Request for comments on the application for the proposed Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm.