Our project newsletter for the Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm development, which includes latest news, details of our proposals, a project timeline and information for suppliers is on our website with a version which is responsive to devices, at https://rampion2.com/newsletter/january-2024/.
As referenced in the newsletter, the examination of our development consent order (DCO) application will begin next week, with the Preliminary Meeting and Open Floor Hearing being held on 6th February in Brighton, followed by Issue Specific Hearings on environmental matters from 7th – 9th February. Anyone can observe the events either in person, livestream online, or watch a recording after the event. However, you must register in advance if you wish to participate. For further information, please visit https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/rampion-2.
I am writing to inform you that on 7th September, the Rampion 2 Development Consent Order (DCO) application for an offshore wind farm off the coast of Sussex, was accepted for examination by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate.
We have carried out a huge programme of engagement and consultation over the past three years and have subsequently made changes to the project proposals in response to feedback from statutory consultees and the Sussex community and we thank the local communities in Sussex for taking the time to provide feedback on the project proposals to date.
The application being examined includes detailed proposals for the Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm, the final Environmental Statement which sets out potential impacts and mitigations, and a Consultation Report which details the engagement and consultations carried out over the past three years and how the Project Team has taken account of the feedback received.
Situated to the west of the existing Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Rampion 2, if consented, would include up to 90 turbines a minimum of eight miles offshore. An offshore export cable route would bring the power ashore under Climping Beach on the coast, and the underground cable route would continue inland to a new substation called Oakendene near Cowfold, then finally connect the power to the national electricity network at Bolney in Mid Sussex.
The Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of over one million homes and reduce carbon emissions by around 1.8 million tonnes. This means Rampion and Rampion 2 combined could power the equivalent of all of the homes in Sussex, twice over.
Now that the DCO application is accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate, in accordance with Section 56 of the Planning Act 2008, the Rampion 2 Project Team will publicise Notices of the accepted application in local and national newspapers, setting out how the community can register their opinions with the Planning Inspectorate. The public will be able to view the final proposals and register as an ‘interested party’ with the Planning Inspectorate at the Project Page of the Planning Inspectorate website at Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm | National Infrastructure Planning (planninginspectorate.gov.uk). Anyone wishing to be kept informed or to participate in the examination can register at the same website.
The Examination process is expected to take six months, and a final decision on whether consent will be granted will be made by the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero by early 2025.
Development & Stakeholder Manager
M+44 (0)7815 141 008
Rampion 2 has consulted on four occasions over a two-year period, during which a number of onshore cable route options have been considered. The preferred route will take power from the landfall at Climping Beach to the connection point at Bolney National Grid Substation.
Our non-statutory consultation in January/February 2021 introduced an initial scoping boundary or ‘area of search’ for the onshore cable route. Our statutory, project-wide consultation from July-September 2021 included a proposed cable route. Having listened to feedback, we embarked on a second statutory consultation dedicated to potential onshore cable route alternatives, which ran in October/November 2022. Having considered the response to this consultation, we ran one further consultation on the cable route, exploring a single short alternative known as ‘1d’.
The Rampion Team would like to thank the Sussex community for their input over the last three years, helping to finalise the cable route to be included in the Development Consent Order (DCO) application, which will be submitted later this summer.
The map below shows the extent of the alternative options, now greyed out, which were consulted upon along the way. The blue line represents our final cable route and the red lines show operational or temporary construction access routes and construction compounds.
The final cable route decision was influenced by consultation feedback from statutory bodies, landowners, local residents and businesses, alongside our ongoing engineering and environmental work. Our goal throughout, has been to identify a cable route which best meets the needs of local communities, wildlife and the environment, while providing a technically feasible and economic connection solution.
The longest section of the route where alternatives were consulted upon ran from Lyminster to Sullington Hill. Having considered feedback from our consultation, the Eastern Route, also known as ‘Longer Alternative Cable Route 1’ has been selected. This was principally in order to protect ecology, avoiding the Warningcamp Hill and New Down Wildlife Site, and Ancient Woodland. It also reflects feedback raised during consultations with the villages of Crossbush, Burpham and Wepham.
At the northern end of the Eastern Route on the approach to Sullington Hill, a further alternative option, ‘1d’, consulted on in February and March this year, has been selected to reconnect to the original route at Sullington Hill. This option has less impact on business, affects fewer hedgerows and is a more direct route.
The map below shows the final cable route without the previously considered options.
The Rampion 2 DCO application will be submitted this summer and once accepted by the Planning Inspectorate it will be examined before a decision on approval is made by the Secretary of State. Should consent be granted construction could start end 2026/early 2027, with the wind farm fully operational before the end of the decade, helping meet the UK’s increased target for a five-fold increase in offshore wind capacity by 2030.
The proposed Rampion 2 wind farm could generate up to 1,200 megawatts, enough to power over 1 million homes, meaning Rampion and Rampion 2 combined will be able to power the equivalent of all of the homes in Sussex, twice over.
Development & Stakeholder Manager
M+44 (0)7815 141 008