Issue details

Proposed extension to Rampion Offshore Wind Farm: approval of consultation response

Rampion Extension Development Limited (REDL) propose to extend the existing Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the Sussex coast.  The proposal, Rampion 2, is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) requiring a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State (rather than planning permission from the local planning authority).  The County Council is a statutory consultee in the DCO process.

 

Rampion 2 will have a generating capacity of up to 1,200MW, compared with 400MW for Rampion 1.  The offshore element of Rampion 2 will be located within an area of search to the west and south east of the existing wind farm together with a small link or ‘bridge’ area between the two areas for cabling.  The onshore elements of the scheme include a buried transmission cable running for approximately 36km between a landfall at Climping Beach, near Littlehampton, and a ‘satellite’ project substation located within a 5km radius of the Bolney National Grid Substation. 

 

REDL will undertake formal consultation on the proposal from 14 July to 16 September 2021.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/07/2021

Decision due: September 2021 by Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change

Lead member: Councillor Deborah Urquhart deborah.urquhart@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Mike Elkington, Head of Planning Services Email: michael.elkington@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 26463.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

 

Consultees

All-Member briefing will be held in July 2021.  Following that, Members will be invited to submit comments to the officers preparing the County Council’s response.

Informal consultation on the draft response will take place with members of the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee. 

Internal consultation with officers in the County Council and officers in other affected authorities in West Sussex.

 

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Decisions

Background papers

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