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Delay to massive offshore wind project shows planning system needs urgent reform

Responding to today’s announcement by the Planning Inspectorate of a delay of nearly five months before the Secretary of State takes a final decision on granting approval for Hornsea 4 offshore wind farm, RenewableUK's Executive Director of Policy Ana Musat said:

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"Today’s decision to delay the Development Consent Order for Hornsea 4 is particularly disappointing as it will now take longer to meet our renewables targets. This landmark offshore wind project has the potential to supply an enormous 2.6 gigawatts of clean electricity to the grid, displacing expensive gas, reducing bills and boosting our energy security. At a time when countries like the US and the EU are doubling down on attracting clean energy investment through financial incentives and a stable policy framework, the UK cannot afford to create unnecessary hurdles for investors and developers.

"This decision clearly shows that Government needs to reform our cumbersome planning system urgently to ensure that renewable energy projects are not subject to needless delays. Due to unclear guidance to planning authorities, no offshore wind project wind since 2017 has been recommended for approval by the Planning Inspectorate. All 6GW of these projects were delayed until the Secretary of State reviewed them to confirm approval. To meet our 50GW offshore wind target, the UK will need to install 4.5GW of offshore wind a year in the latter half of this decade. A reformed planning system is essential to ensure we can stay ahead in the global race to build vital new clean energy infrastructure".

Details on the Hornsea 4 project, 69 km off the east coast of Yorkshire, are available here

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