E.ON received consent from the Secretary of State on 16 July 2014 to develop the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The project involves the installation of 116 wind turbines off the Sussex coast. The consent also includes the construction of 27km of onshore underground cabling between the wind farm, the existing electricity grid and the building of a new electricity substation at Bolney, Mid Sussex.
For more information about onshore and offshore layouts, progress with construction, closures and diversions of public rights of way and contact details for enquiries and complaints, visit E.ON’s website.For more information, visit the E.ON website. (external link)
To find out about the decision and application process followed by the Secretary of State, visit the National Infrastructure Planning website.
How is the development controlled?
The development is subject to a Development Consent Order (DCO) which effectively forms the decision notice for the proposal. This describes the approved development, lists the approved plans and sets out how the development must be implemented.
The DCO also sets out a number of requirements that deal with some final detailed matters relating to the project. These require the approval of details relating to the specific arrangements such as ecology, landscaping, hedgerows, trees, access arrangements, contractor working arrangements and noise.
We are responsible for discharging the requirements relating to the onshore elements of the development which fall within West Sussex. However, this excludes requirements for land within the South Downs National Park, with the exception of some public rights of way, construction management, watercourses and highways matters.
Before discharging a requirement, we will consult with a number of parties. This includes the relevant district or borough council, parish councils and, dependent upon the nature of the requirement, the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Highways England, Natural England and experts such as ecologists and archaeologists.
Can I see the requirement schemes?
All schemes and submissions made by us in respect of the requirements and subsequent decisions are made available on our ePlanning Portal (search for 'Rampion' in keyword(s)). This information is also available in the E.ON document library.
Who is responsible for enforcement of the DCO?
Although district and borough councils do not determine whether information about requirements is acceptable, they are responsible for the enforcement of the DCO. This includes non-compliance or breach of requirements.
The County Council is responsible for discharging the details of the requirements and will carry out some monitoring. This allows us to maintain a close working relationship with the district and borough councils to ensure the development is implemented in the best possible way.