Development of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm commenced in 2010, after we were awarded the exclusive rights to develop the area by The Crown Estate. We then started to undertake engineering and environmental surveys, and early stakeholder engagement to inform our draft proposals.
During 2012 we formally consulted on these initial proposals, which included a 12 week community consultation period where we sought views on the project. We also established several working groups, called Project Liaison Groups (PLGs) with special interest areas (fishing, environment, business etc.); to gain more specific information about the local area and share information back to the wider community. The minutes from these meetings are available in our Document Library.
As a result of continuing consultation and engineering design works, the proposed project continued to be refined, and in March 2013 we submitted an application for a Development Consent Order to the Secretary of State. The project plans and documents that we submitted were formally examined by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State, from July 2013 to January 2014, which included 14 days of public hearings where local councils, statutory bodies and key stakeholders were able to scrutinise our proposals.
On 16 July 2014, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change formally granted consent for the Rampion project, which is set to become the first wind farm off the south coast of England.