Southern North Sea cSAC Review of Consents

Update - 22 May 2018

The draft HRA for Southern North Sea cSAC Review of Consents is now expected to be published for consultation in late summer for a period of 6 weeks. The publication date has been delayed to incorporate new modelling results for assessment. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Review of Consents Stakeholder Group - 05 December 2017

On 5 December 2017 BEIS hosted a meeting with the objective to give key stakeholders the opportunity to discuss their responses to the BEIS review of consents call for information, which ran between 6th October 2017 and 3rd November 2017. The meeting focused on the nine questions presented in the call for information scoping document, which was published as an indicative approach to the Review of Consents. Meeting notes and an updated indicative Review of Consent timeline are available for download from the below links.

Meeting notes Updated indicative RoC timeline

Underwater Noise Modelling Data Request Form

On 07 December 2017 a Data Request Form was circulated amongst industry stakeholders to inform the noise modelling, part of the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) for the Southern North Sea cSAC Review of Consents. A blank version of the form can be downloaded from the link below. Completed forms will be uploaded to this page where data protection requirements allow.

Data Request form - blank version Data Request form - completed returns

Call for Information on the Southern North Sea cSAC Review of Consents

In January 2017 a candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) was submitted to the European Commission to designate an area of the southern North Sea for the protection of harbour porpoise "a species of marine mammal". This designation has triggered a statutory duty, under the Habitats Regulations, for the Department, to review a number of planning consents for offshore wind farm developments and to assess the impacts of these projects on the new cSAC.

The Secretary of State has identified an indicative timeline and an approach to this review. This information can be viewed in the covering letter and supporting annexes, which can be downloaded from the table below. Stakeholders are invited to respond with any comments by email to or in writing to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Energy Infrastructure Planning, Level 3, Orchard 2, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. All responses must be received before 03 November 2017 and will be uploaded to this webpage.

Call for Information Start Date Southern North Sea cSAC Review of Consents - Documents Legislative requirement for the Review Call for Information End Date Call for Information Responses
06 October 2017 Covering Letter

Annex A - Indicative Timeline

Annex B - Scoping Document

Clarification note
The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the Offshore Marine Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 2007 (as amended). 03 November 2017 Dogger Bank Project

DONG Energy

Dudgeon Windfarm

Energy UK

Galloper Wind Farm Ltd

Natural England and JNCC


Offshore Wind Programme Board



Teesside B Offshore Wind Farm Limited (TSBL)

The Wildlife Trusts

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited (TKOWFL)




Consultations & Decisions

Specific requirements in the legislation place a duty on the Department to take account of public opinion when determining an application. Below is a list of consultations issued by the Department and available for public comment.

Also below is a list of recent decisions issued by the Department.


Date Consultation commences Company Type of Project Legislative requirement to consult Date Consultation ends Consultation Responses
21 December 2016 National Grid Electricity Transmission plc Pentir to Trawsfynydd 400kV replacement tower and two sections of overhead conductors - Application for Consent to keep it installed - Here is the consultation letter Regulation 61(4) of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 17:00 hours on 27 January 2017 National grid

Any comments must be made in writing to the Secretary of State c/o Denise Libretto, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Energy Infrastructure Planning, 4th Floor, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW or (by email) to before the date reported above in the "Date Consultation ends" column.

Decision by Secretary of State

Date of Decision Company Type of Project More information
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