I am writing to advise you that following the 12 week community consultation period that ended on 6th May, there is another opportunity for the community to have their say on the Rampion proposals. We will publish our draft Environmental Statement (ES) and launch a consultation period for statutory bodies, Local Authorities, Landowners and the wider public, commencing on Wednesday 13th June. This consultation is about the same Rampion proposals, but with more detailed information available in the draft ES.
The original community consultation featured 12 public exhibitions across Sussex and generated huge interest, attracting over 4,500 visitors from the local community and generating around 1,500 consultation responses commenting on the proposals. As part of this response, some non-statutory organisations with a keen interest in the Rampion project asked for more time to consider the proposals in greater detail, once the draft ES was published.
We’ve been really impressed with the level of interest during the community consultation which generated a thirst for knowledge about the Rampion project.
In response to this growing interest, I’m pleased to announce that this statutory and public consultation period will be extended to eight weeks, doubling the statutory requirement of 28 days, to offer time to consider the proposals in greater detail now that the draft ES is available. In addition, I can confirm that the draft ES will be made available to the public at www.eon-uk.com/rampion from Wednesday and will be on display at six council offices, as follows:
- Adur District Council Offices Help Point Ham Road Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6PR
- Horsham District Town Hall Park House, North Street Horsham, RH12 1RL
- Worthing Borough Council Offices, Portland House Worthing, BN11 1LF
- Mid Sussex District Planning Offices, Oaklands Road Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS
- Brighton & Hove City Council Offices, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove
- East SussexCounty, Council Offices, 18 Fort Road, Newhaven, BN9 9QE
Any responses to the public consultation should be sent to E.ON in writing only, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM, by no later than Wednesday 8th August.
This information is also being publicised in a statutory notice published in several regional newspapers.
This is the largest consultation E.ON has ever undertaken on any project. Having doubled this additional consultation to eight weeks to allow more detailed discussions with the public and stakeholder groups, this brings the total period of consultation to 20 weeks with the community and wider public consultation combined.
We’ll carefully analyse feedback received from both parts of the consultation and consider what changes may be required to the proposals before any final application is made.
As well as having this additional opportunity to have their say on the draft Environmental Statement, everyone will also be able to comment on the final application once it has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate later in the year.
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