What does fast-track consenting mean for offshore wind investment?
In an article for New Civil Engineer, Angus Walker, partner in BDB Pitmans’ Planning, Infrastructure and Public Law team, comments on the implementation of a fast-track DCO regime to speed up the production of off-shore wind farms.
This follows July’s announcement from the Government that the Energy Bill will now be amended at committee stage (set to commence in September). The aim is to introduce a new fast-track process within the development consent order regime for offshore wind projects.
The Government stated:
To meet commitments made in the Energy Security Strategy we will look to amend the Bill to include measures on offshore wind habitats regulations assessment and an offshore wind environmental improvement package. This measure will help to reduce the time it takes to get planning consent for offshore wind projects from up to four years down to just one year.
To read the article in full, please visit the NCE website.