Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm – onshore infrastructure

In April 2015 Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited (TKOWFL) submitted an application for development consent under the Planning Act 2008 to construct and operate the proposed Triton Knoll Electrical System, comprising the grid connection infrastructure to connect the consented Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm (TKOWF) to the National Grid. The project is a joint venture between RWE Innogy and Statkraft.

The consented TKOWF array is located approximately 33km east of the Lincolnshire coast and 48km off the coast of North Norfolk. The application site comprises an offshore cable corridor connecting the array to the proposed landfall just north of Anderby Creek. From the landfall the application site comprises an onshore cable corridor 60m in width to an existing National Grid substation at Bicker Fen. An Intermediate Electrical Compound is to be located near to Orby Marsh, and a new substation at Bicker Fen.

The development was classed as a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) and the application was therefore examined by an Examining Authority from the Planning Inspectorate. All the planning application documents and representations can be viewed on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust supports development of renewable energy sources and infrastructure but is firmly of the opinion that such development should not be to the detriment of the natural environment. The Trust had serious concerns regarding the potential direct and indirect impacts of the proposed development on priority habitats and species, in particular on coastal grazing marsh habitats and species, and therefore submitted a relevant representation to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015 to register as an interested party in the examination process, and to register an objection to the scheme. The Trust subsequently submitted a written representation further outlining concerns and engaged with the examination process to ensure that the Examining Authority was fully aware of the Trust’s concerns. This process included working with TKOWFL to agree to a statement of common ground in relation to issues raised in our relevant representation and written representation.

The examination closed on 3 March 2016. The Examining Authority has 3 months to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will have 3 months in which to make their decision.

Visit the Wind Energy Development page to see the Trust’s policy statement on wind energy developments.


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Written Representation1.67 MB
Statement of Common Ground 374.82 KB
Relevant Representation90.82 KB