As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm was consented under the Planning Act 2008.
Under the provisions of the Act, the proposals were consulted on with the local communities and statutory stakeholders before being examined by the Planning inspectorate and a recommendation being made to the Secretary of State.
The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm Order (the Order) was made by the Secretary of State on 16 July 2014 (Statutory Instrument No.1873). The Order granted development consent to Rampion Offshore Wind Limited for an offshore wind farm and ancillary works to be built in the English Channel off the Sussex Coast.
The Order encompasses a number of consents that would previously have been consented separately, such as Marine Licences for the offshore elements, and Town and Country planning Act for the onshore connection.
The Order contains a number of requirements and conditions, which have governed the way in which the project had to be constructed and for its ongoing operation. For each of these a relevant authority has responsibility in overseeing the work – West Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park authority for works onshore, and the Marine Management Organisation for the offshore works.
The development consent order decision for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm can be viewed here.