Essex consultation events start next week
- Consultation now underway for communities to provide feedback on the offshore wind farm proposals
- Third phase of consultation for project sited 20 kilometres off the East Anglia coast in the southern North Sea
- Essex in-person events start next week as part of the consultation which ends Friday 14 July 2023
Five consultation events will be held in Essex as part of the current consultation for the southern North Sea offshore wind farm, North Falls.
Starting in Great Bromley on Friday 2 June, the events offer people the chance to find out more details on the project and have discussions with members of the North Falls team.
The project is a proposed extension to the existing 504-megawatt Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, and comprises an offshore site totaling 150km2 around 20 kilometres off the East Anglia coast and an onshore grid connection in Tendring, Essex. Underground cables would carry power from landfall near Frinton-on-Sea inland 24 kilometres to a new onshore substation.
The five events in Great Bromley, Tendring, Frinton-on-Sea, Thorpe-le-Soken and Ardleigh are a key part of the consultation, which is being held to gather feedback from communities and the wider public on the North Falls project proposals. A consultation portal is now live with all the details, including how to provide input and where to register for two webinars.
Programme of consultation events
|Great Bromley Village Hall
Parsons Hill, Great Bromley, Colchester, CO7 7JA
|Friday 2, June||3.30pm to 7.30pm|
|Tendring Village Hall
Tendring, Clacton-on-Sea, CO16 0BG
|Saturday 3 June||9am to 1pm|
85 Fourth Ave, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 9EB
|Thursday 8 June||3.30pm to 7.30pm|
|Thorpe Le Soken Women’s Institute Hall
High Street, Thorpe Le Soken, CO16 0EF
|Friday 9 June||3.30pm to 7.30pm|
|Ardleigh Village Hall
Station Road, Ardleigh, Essex, CO7 7RS
Saturday 10 June
|9am to 1pm|
A key focus of the consultation is the preliminary environmental information report (PEIR), which sets out the initial findings of the thorough environmental impact assessment carried out by the project over the past three years.
The work to date has included onshore and offshore surveys, desk-based research and stakeholder consultation to identify potential impacts on the environment and community, and how those impacts could be dealt with.
The consultation will run until Friday 14 July 2023. All the reports, maps and details related to the consultation, including the dates and venues of the in-person events, are now available on the project’s consultation portal, which can also be accessed via the website.
North Falls Offshore Wind Farm is being developed by a 50/50 joint venture company owned equally by SSE Renewables and RWE.