Progress so far
In January 2023, RWE entered into Agreements for Lease with The Crown Estate for DBS East and DBS West, giving RWE exclusive seabed development rights for the sites.
Offshore and onshore surveys began in March 2021, including metocean data collection (which looks at both meteorological and oceanographic conditions) and a series of geophysical geotechnical and environmental surveys.
A non-statutory consultation on our proposals was held between 09 September and 14 October 2022 to:
- Introduce the DBS projects;
- Explain the site selection process and scenarios for the substation zones and onshore cable corridor and;
- Collect feedback on our proposals.
In Spring 2023, we published the Preliminary Environmental Information Reports (PEIR) for the projects and between 06 June to Monday 17 July 2023 we held our Statutory Consultation inviting feedback on our proposals and the PEIR.
We asked for feedback on:
- Proposals for array areas;
- Landfall scenarios;
- The onshore cabling and substation locations.
Responses to our Statutory Consultation are feeding into the project design and will be set out in detail in a Consultation Report which will be submitted as part of the application for a Development Consent Order.
In response to feedback from the consultation, we have finalised locations for the landfall and the converter stations and amended the cable route. All landowners that are involved in the revised route have been invited to participate in a targeted consultation period held between 13 November – 10 December 2023.
Final changes up to submission may still occur due to ongoing technical work.
Our 2023 consultation in numbers:
Invitations were sent to around 44,500 homes and businesses within the consultation mailing zone, along with letters and emails to local MPs, councillors and parish councillors;
There were 521 visitors to the consultation website; We received 63 consultation responses (including 4 duplicates) from members of the local community, parish councillors and other stakeholders via online and paper questionnaires and emails;
We held five public consultation events in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and two webinars;
A total of 383 people attended public consultation events and 23 people joined the webinars;
We received 11 consultation responses from landowners and persons with an interest in land;
A total of 32 statutory stakeholders responded to the consultation.
Expert topic groups and technical consultation
We have carried out technical consultation with a range of key stakeholders using expert topic groups to ensure that collaboration with key stakeholders has taken place throughout the design process. These organisations include;
Local authorities, Natural England, MMO, Cefas Environment Agency, National Highways, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Historic England, Water companies, Internal Drainage boards.
Expert topic groups
- Offshore Ornithology
- Marine Mammal and Underwater Noise
- Terrestrial Ecology and Ornithology
- Traffic and Access, Onshore Noise and Air Quality
- Water Resource and Flood Risk
- Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impacts Assessment
- Historic Environment (offshore and onshore)
- Site Selection
- Habitations Regulations Assessment
- Commercial Fisheries
- Shipping and Navigation
- Aviation and Radar
- Other users
- Human Health
- Tourism and Recreation