3rd Annual Offshore Consenting Conference

3rd Annual Offshore Consenting Conference

3 December 2014

Registration And Morning Refreshments


Morning Chair’s Welcome And Opening Remarks

Toby Gethin, Consents Manager, The Crown Estate

Consenting Regimes


Lessons Learnt From The PINS Examination Of The Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

  • Planning for the examination process
  • Statements of common ground and relationships with Statutory bodies
  • Understanding of issues: preparation of position statements
  • The examination itself: opportunities and challenges
  • Planning for post consent: the discharge of requirements
  • Maintaining flexibility within the project design

Eleri Owen, Consents Manager, Rampion Offshore Wind Farm,  E.ON


Practical DCO Drafting Issues

  • Practical DCO Drafting Issues
  • Oversizing onshore
  • Phasing onshore and offshore
  • Transfer provisions
  • Key DCO requirements addressing impacts
  • An outline of the mitigation plans
  • Varying the DCO pre and post-construction
  • DML conditions: maintenance and monitoring

John Houghton, Senior Counsel, Renewables and Power, Planning and Infrastructure,  Bond Dickinson


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


Panel Discussion: Consenting Through The Planning Inspectorate Regime

  • Overview of the regime’s progress so far and review of cases due to be consented
  • A look at the criteria for decision-making and the challenges involved for developers
  • The rate of development of consents: how has this changed in the last 18 months?
  • What needs to be included earlier on: pre-planning engagement
  • How are PINS working to improve the process? 

    - resource and capacity 

    - available guidance 

    - provision of detailed hearing agendas 

    - better placed hearing locations
  • Preparation for consent examinations
  • What’s next for wind projects? 

    - identifying opportunities for collaboration on outstanding issues and 

    - consenting risk 

    - developing a ‘template’ for developers

Chair: Toby Gethin, Consents Manager,  The Crown Estate 
Dr. Pauleen Lane, Group Manager,  Planning Inspectorate 
Mandy King, Natural Infrastructure Consents Environmental Team Leader,  Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Jim McKie, Marine Planning & Policy Leader, Licensing Operations Team,  Scottish Government 
Roger Covey, Principal Adviser,  Natural England 
Phil McBryde, Senior Licensing Manager,  Marine Management Organisation

Collaborative Success Stories


Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) Case Study

  • Reducing the consenting risk for offshore wind farm developments in the UK
  • Solving consenting issues by engaging with Statutory Nature Conservation
  • Bodies (SWNCB’S) and scientific and technical experts
  • Analysis of recent projects and studies on effects to key marine species
Emilie Reeve, ORJIP Programme Manager and Head of Offshore Consenting, The Carbon Trust

The Fishing Liaison With Offshore Wind And Wet Renewables Group (FLOWW) Case Study

  • Promoting best practice guidance for offshore renewable developments
  • Fostering good relations between the fishing and offshore wind energy sectors
  • Strategic planning and selection of sites for OREI’s

Dale Rodmell, Assistant Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations
Lindsey Leask, Senior Policy Manager, Offshore Renewables, Scottish Renewables


UK Fishermen’s Information Mapping Project (UKFIM) Joint Case Study

  • Identifying the potential conflict between fishing and wind farms
  • Using data to develop and foster engagement between fishermen and developers
  • Multiple uses for dataset

Annie Breaden, Policy and Consents Manager, The Crown Estate
John Watt, Industry Advisor, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation


Networking Lunch


Local Authority Perspective On The Consenting Process

  • Best practice with working with local authorities
  • Undertaking consultation
  • Achieving and implementing consents

Michael Wilks, Planning Projects Manager, Suffolk County Council


MW Moray Offshore Wind Farm Case Study

  • Stakeholder liaison through the EIA compilation process
  • What parameters and concerns are their priorities?
  • Examining what is an ideal consultation process

    - timescales

    - bodies consulted

    - management of responses
  • Mechanisms being implemented to tackle resource and capacity  constraints
  • To what extent are consultees coordinating with each other to streamline  consultation and minimise workload?

Catarina Rei, EIA Specialist, EDP Renewables

Environmental Considerations


The Environmental Risks And Effects To The Marine Environment

  • Post construction marine licence monitoring
  • The marine planning system
  • The regulators response to the independent review of post consent  monitoring

Richard Green, Marine Licensing Manager, Marine Management Organisation


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


Cumulative Impacts: Using Up the Ecological Headroom?

  • Inherent conservatism of projects EIA’s due design envelope
  • HRA requires Natura compliant approach to uncertainty = more conservatism
  • Have we used up all the ecological headroom available?
  • What can we do to improve the situation and get it back?

Dr. Jane Lancaster, Principal Ecologist (Offshore), Natural Power


Post Consent Monitoring: Addressing Stakeholders Concerns

  • Review of monitoring conditions: reports and data results and how this  impacts across all topic areas
  • Dealing with the size and complexities of environmental statements
  • Improvements to the monitoring system: developing better knowledge  exchange
  • Re-evaluating what can be achieved by post-consent monitoring
  • Helping future projects

Tom Morris, Senior Marine Consultant, Fugro EMU


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close Of Forum


Etc Venues

One Drummond Gate



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