Planning and consenting

The Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farms extension project is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project [NSIP] and as such will be subject to the grant of a Development Consent Order [DCO] by the Planning Inspectorate [PINS].

There are six stages in the planning and consent process:

  • Pre-application
  • Acceptance
  • Pre-examination
  • Examination
  • Decision
  • Post Decision

and Equinor will be consulting widely and engaging with all stakeholders throughout the planning and consenting process.

Equinor submitted the DCO application to PINS in September 2022, and in October 2022 it was accepted for Examination.

The Examination process commenced on 17 January 2023 and concluded on 17 July 2023, and details of the Examination can be found at:

On 9th January 2024 the Secretary of State for The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) set a new deadline of no later than 17th April 2024 for deciding this application, and on the 17th April 2024 a Development Consent Order (DCO) was granted for both projects.

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