The consultation process

The pre-application development process began in earnest in Autumn 2020 after the owners’ joint venture agreement was signed. This initial work includes early surveys, engagement with relevant statutory consultees, data gathering, and assessing key onshore and offshore constraints.

North Falls is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and as such, the team will act in accordance with the Planning Act 2008 duty to consult principle, engaging with project stakeholders, being any person, group or organisation with an interest in the project. Local stakeholder and community consultation will be undertaken throughout the pre-application phase.

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Stakeholder engagement

Pre-application consultation is the main opportunity for stakeholders to review the plans, provide comments, submit feedback and have an influence on elements of the process and shape of the development. The objective is to ensure that stakeholders who are most affected by the proposals are engaged in the development of the wind farm from the start to finish, and have the opportunity to comment on the proposals at key decision making points.

Local residents and the community in the vicinity of the proposed onshore infrastructure will be a priority.

Have your say

The development of North Falls will be an iterative process and we will welcome views at any time, however there will be specific consultation periods where we will be asking for comments related to defined elements of our proposals.

We have recently completed our first consultation to introduce the project – it ran from 25 October to 10 December 2021 – and even though the consultation is over, you can still view the proposals here. This will be followed by at least two consultation stages and a final targeted stage that will be shaped as needed, to ensure that consultation is thorough and we are able to gather and incorporate opinions and feedback. These consultations will be widely promoted, including here on this website, so please check back regularly for any updates.

Indicative consultation programme

The current timetable for our consultation phases is as follows:


Informal engagement
Continued engagement including communication of updated project proposals and impacts resulting from the consultations

25 October to 10 December 2021

Informal Introductory Consultation
Introduction to the project, scoping and early opportunity for feedback. This consultation has now concluded.

Spring 2022

Statement of Community Consultation
Consultation with local Councils on this document that will subsequently be published on the website.

Autumn 2022

Pre-application Consultation 1
Consultation prior to commencing Preliminary Environmental Information Report


Pre-application Consultation 2
Consultation on Preliminary Environmental Information Report
Final Pre-application Consultation
Final and limited consultation, primarily an engagement opportunity to communicate final Environmental Statement

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There are no current events planned. As soon as we have details of our consultation events or other related activities – both online and face-to-face as allowed – they will be posted here well in advance of the scheduled dates.

You can take part in our introductory consultation here.

If you would like to be informed of our future consultation activities, please register your details and preferred method of contact.


Nationally significant infrastructure project

North Falls is a nationally significant infrastructure project which means that the planning application, known as a development consent order application, will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, to review and decide whether or not to accept it for examination. There is a page on the Planning Inspectorate website dedicated to North Falls and our process, however you can also visit the site to find out more about how the application process works.

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