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Planning and consent

As the capacity of White Cross is up to 100 MW, in terms of planning consent – the project does not require a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the whole project under the Planning Act 2008. Therefore, the project team has followed a split consenting regime consisting of both an onshore and offshore application.

An Environmental Statement, which includes a full Environmental Impact Assessment, accompanies both our onshore and offshore planning applications. The Environmental Statement consists of a series of chapters which review in detail specific topics the project may interact with.  A Habitat Regulation Assessment has also been completed. These assessments provide detailed information on each topic to ensure that the environment is protected from potential harm brought about by a development and that the relevant authorities are aware of the potential effects of the project when making a decision.

Onshore planning application

The onshore planning application incorporates all the onshore aspects of the project from mean low water springs (low tide), along the onshore cable route to the East Yelland Substation where the project will connect to the electricity grid.

The planning application for the onshore elements of the project has been submitted to North Devon Council Local Planning Authority under application number 77576. To view the application on the planning portal, click here.

Read the Non-Technical Summary of our onshore application which provides a concise and easy to understand overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and the findings of the onshore EIA for the White Cross project.

To read the Non-Technical Summary of our onshore application, as well as to view all other environmental statement documents submitted to North Devon Council Local Planning Authority, use the drop down buttons below, or visit our Document library.

Offshore application

The offshore planning application incorporates all the offshore aspects of the project from the windfarm array – 52.5km offshore, along the offshore cable route to mean high water springs (high tide). The offshore application covers the marine licences and Electricity Act Section 36 requirements. It has been submitted to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) as the offshore regulator.

Read the Non-Technical Summary of our offshore application which provides a concise and easy to understand overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and the findings of the offshore EIA for the White Cross project.

To read the Non Technical Summary, as well as to view all other environmental statement documents submitted to the MMO, use the dropdown button below.

To view and comment on the offshore consent application on the marine licence applications public register, please click here. The MMO case reference number for the White Cross application is MLA/2023/00113. See Marine license applications and requests section.