The Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016

Publication Date:January 01, 2016
 
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2016No. 844

INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING

The Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016

Made16thAugust2016

Coming into force7thSeptember2016

An application under section 37 of the Planning Act 2008( 1) (the ‘2008 Act’) has been made to the Secretary of State for an order granting development consent.

The application has been examined by a Panel, which has made a report to the Secretary of State under section 74(2) of the 2008 Act. After receiving the report, the Secretary of State requested further information from various persons.

The Secretary of State has considered the report and recommendation of the Panel, has taken into account the environmental information in accordance with regulation 3 of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009( 2) and has had regard to the documents and matters referred to in section 104(2) of the 2008 Act.

The Secretary of State, having decided the application, has determined to make an order giving effect to the proposals comprised in the application on terms that in the opinion of the Secretary of State are not materially different from those proposed in the application.

Accordingly, the Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 114 and 120 of the 2008 Act, makes the following Order:

PART 1

Preliminary

Citation and commencement

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Hornsea Two Offshore Wind Farm Order 2016.

(2) This Order comes into force on 7th September 2016.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this Order—

‘1961 Act’ means the Land Compensation Act 1961( 3);

‘1965 Act’ means the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965( 4);

‘1980 Act’ means the Highways Act 1980( 5);

‘1981 Act’ means the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981( 6);

‘1989 Act’ means the Electricity Act 1989( 7);

‘1990 Act’ means the Town and Country Planning Act 1990( 8);

‘1991 Act’ means the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991( 9);

‘2003 Act’ means the Communications Act 2003( 10);

‘2004 Act’ means the Energy Act 2004( 11);

‘2008 Act’ means the Planning Act 2008;

‘2009 Act’ means the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009( 12);

‘ancillary works’ means the ancillary works described in Part 2 of Schedule 1 (authorised project) and any other works authorised by this Order that are not development within the meaning of section 32 of the 2008 Act;

‘authorised development’ means the development described in Part 1 of Schedule 1 and any other development authorised by this Order that is development within the meaning of section 32 of the 2008 Act;

‘authorised project’ means the authorised development and the ancillary works;

‘book of reference’ means the document certified as the book of reference by the Secretary of State under article 40 (certification of plans, etc.);

‘Breesea’ means Breesea Limited( 13) (company number 07883217);

‘commence’ means commence any material operation (as defined in section 155 of the 2008 Act) forming part of the authorised development other than operations consisting of site clearance, demolition work, archaeological investigations, investigations for the purpose of assessing ground conditions and remedial work in respect of any contamination or other adverse ground conditions; and ‘commencement’ must be construed accordingly;

‘compensation compound’ means a construction working site forming part of the associated development and shown coloured green on the compensation compounds plan, the purpose of which is to compensate the Hornsea Project One undertaker in the event that the use by the Hornsea Project One undertaker of the Hornsea Project One construction compounds is restricted or prevented by the undertaker carrying out authorised project;

‘compensation compound access’ means an access forming part of the associated development and shown coloured pink on the compensation compounds plan, the purpose of which is to access a compensation compound;

‘compensation compounds plan’ means the plans certified as the compensation compounds plan by the Secretary of State under article 40;

‘connection works’ means Work Nos. 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B and 10 and any related associated development;

‘deemed marine licence’ means a marine licence set out in Schedule 8, 9, 10 or 11;

‘EIA Regulations’ means the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2009;

‘electrical circuit’ means a number of electrical conductors necessary to transmit electricity between 2 points within the authorised development comprising—

(a) in the case of HVAC transmission, 3 conductors which may be bundled as 1 cable or (onshore) take the form of 3 separate cables; and

(b) in the case of HVDC transmission, 2 conductors which may be attached together or take the form of single cables,

and the electrical circuit may include 1 or more auxiliary cables (normally fibre-optic cables) for the purpose of control, monitoring, protection or general communications;

‘electrical transmission station’ means an onshore HVDC converter substation or HVAC substation required for connecting the electrical circuits to the National Grid;

‘environmental statement’ means the document certified as the environmental statement by the Secretary of State under article 40;

‘gravity base foundation’ means—

(a) a structure principally of concrete or steel (or both) that rests on the seabed due to its own weight and that of added ballast or to the weight of water above it and may include associated equipment including suction piles, J-tubes and access platforms; or

(b) a structure principally of concrete or steel (or both) consisting of a platform supported on 2 pontoons to which the platform is connected by columns which may be connected by braces;

‘highway’ and ‘highway authority’ have the same meaning as in the 1980 Act( 14);

‘Hornsea Project One construction compounds’ means the working sites to be used in connection with the construction of the works authorised by the Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm Order 2014( 15) and forming part of the associated development authorised by that Order;

‘Hornsea Project One undertaker’ means Heron Wind Limited( 16) (company number 07640868) or any other person who has the benefit of the Hornsea One Offshore Wind Farm Order 2014 in respect of the works or operations authorised by that Order that are landward of MHWS;

‘HVAC’ means high voltage alternating current;

‘HVDC’ means high voltage direct current;

‘in-principle monitoring plan’ means the document certified as the in-principle monitoring plan by the Secretary of State under article 40;

‘intra-array electrical circuits’ means the electrical circuits referred to in paragraph (b) of the description of Work No. 1A and in paragraph (b) of the description of Work No. 1B;

‘intertidal area’ means the area between MHWS and MLWS;

‘jacket foundation’ means a lattice construction comprising tubular members and joints fixed to the seabed with piles (either driven/drilled piles or suction piles) which will include platforms and J-tubes and may include braced monopiles and a transition piece;

‘land plans’ means the plans certified as the land plans by the Secretary of State under article 40;

‘LAT’ means lowest astronomical tide;

‘limits of deviation’ means the limits of deviation for the Works shown on the works plans;

‘local planning authority’ means, in relation to any land or part of the authorised development, the district council or unitary authority for the area in which the land or part of the development is situated;

‘main river’ has the meaning given by the Water Resources Act 1991( 17);

‘maintain’ includes inspect, repair, adjust, alter, remove, reconstruct and replace any of the authorised development; and any derivative of ‘maintain’ must be construed accordingly;

‘marine export cable area’ means the area described as such whose co-ordinates are set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1 and listed in the offshore works plans;

‘MCA’ means the Maritime and Coastguard Agency;

‘MHWS’ (mean high water springs) means the highest level which spring tides reach on average over a period of time;

‘MLWS’ (mean low water springs) means the lowest level which spring tides reach on average over a period of time;

‘MMO’ means the Marine Management Organisation;

‘mode of transmission’ means whichever of the HVAC or HVDC technologies is chosen by the undertaker as the means of transmitting electricity by cable for the purposes of the authorised project;

‘monopile foundation’ means a foundation comprising a large diameter steel or concrete tube or pile driven vertically into the seabed, J-tubes and platforms and may include external structural devices such as bracing members or steel anchor wires and a transition piece;

‘offshore accommodation platform’ means a platform housing or incorporating temporary accommodation, landing ports for vessels and helicopters, standby electricity generation equipment, marking and lighting and other equipment facilities to assist in the co-ordination of marine activities related to the authorised development;

‘offshore HVAC collector substation’ means a structure serving as a collection point for the intra-array electrical circuits and containing equipment for the purpose of transforming the electricity generated at the wind turbine generators to a higher voltage; it may also include a helicopter platform;

‘offshore HVDC converter substation’ means a structure that contains equipment to convert HVAC electricity to HVDC electricity; it may also include a helicopter platform;

‘offshore reactive compensation substation’ means a structure housing electrical reactors for the purpose of limiting electrical losses in the course of HVAC transmission by providing reactive compensation; it may also include a helicopter platform;

‘offshore works plans’ means the part of the works plans described as the offshore works plans;

‘onshore works plans’ means the part of the works plans described as the onshore works plans;

‘Optimus Wind’ means Optimus Wind Limited(...

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