Offshore wind—permits and permissions
Produced in partnership with Helen Mitcheson of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Offshore wind—permits and permissions

The following Planning practice note produced in partnership with Helen Mitcheson of Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Offshore wind—permits and permissions
  • Legislative and policy context for offshore wind development in the UK
  • Planning and development of offshore wind farms
  • Offshore development between 1 and 100MW
  • Offshore development of more than 100MW
  • Pre-planning and application for DCO
  • Pre-application
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment
  • More...

Legislative and policy context for offshore wind development in the UK

Under EU Directive 2009/28/EC (the EU Renewable Energy Directive), the UK was required to derive 15% of its energy use from renewable sources by 2020. In 2014, the European Council agreed an EU framework for climate and energy policy to 2030 which included an EU-wide binding target of 32% for renewable energy by 2030. This target was implemented in EU Directive 2018/2001/EU (the EU Renewable Energy Directive 2018). The EU Renewable Energy Directive 2018 recast the EU Renewable Energy Directive 2009 and revokes it from 2021. EU Member states are required to transpose the objectives of the Renewable Energy Directive 2018 into national law by 30 June 2021. This is after the Brexit transition period. The UK government has not yet consulted on implementation.

In January 2019, BEIS published the UK’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan (the NECP) for 2021 to 2030. Although the NECP does not contain any new UK policy announcements, it acknowledges that despite the Brexit, the UK is still seeking to cooperate with the EU to support the delivery of cost efficient, clean and secure supplies of electricity and gas based on competitive markets and non-discriminatory access to networks, and on climate, the UK recognises the shared interest in global action on climate change the mutual benefits of a

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