Five Estuaries is the proposed extension to the existing £1.5 billion, 353MW Galloper Offshore Wind Farm located in the southern North Sea. The Five Estuaries project will comprise a number of wind turbines in addition to offshore and onshore electrical infrastructure. A grid connection for this project is due to link into the proposed East Anglia Green substation within the Tendring District, Essex.
In February 2017, The Crown Estate launched an opportunity for existing wind farms to apply for project extensions. This opportunity closed in May 2018, with eight project applications received UK-wide including Galloper. In August 2019, The Crown Estate announced the conclusion of the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA), confirming that seven of the eight extension application projects, representing a total generating capacity of 2.85GW, would progress to the award of development rights. This included the Galloper Wind Farm Extension which was named Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm.
Five Estuaries is currently in the development phase. A first stage of consultation was held in summer 2022 and further consultation is anticipated in early 2023, with the view to submit an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) in late 2023. If consented, once built the wind farm would generate much needed energy to support the Government’s British Energy Security Strategy targets of 50GW offshore wind installed by 2030.
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A Scoping Report for the Five Estuaries project was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 4 October 2021. This provides information about the wind farm, including its location; its nature and purpose; and the proposed approach to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
The developer has produced a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Report to inform the HRA process for the project. The developer invited feedback through a consultation held between 18 October to 24 November 2021 and East Suffolk Council responded on 16 November 2021.
Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm consulted on their early proposals for the project from June to August 2022. The consultation was to introduce the project, focusing on the onshore scoping area for the project within the district of Tendring, Essex. This primarily sought feedback on the proposed substation site and cable connection routes which are due to be located between Little Clacton and Lawford.
Five Estuaries has published a Stage 1 Feedback Report which summarises the issues raised from feedback and their initial responses and consideration.
Since the first stage of consultation closed, Five Estuaries has been analysing and considering feedback to develop the project further.
The statutory consultation for the Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm project was held 14 March to 12 May 2023 setting out more detailed proposals and the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR).