The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck application was submitted in August and comprises two 1.2GW offshore wind farms in the North Sea – Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A and B – 131 kilometres from shore.
The Planning Inspectorate will take around 10 months to conduct a pre-examination and examination process.
The Secretary of State for Communities, Eric Pickles, will make the final decision following the Inspectorate’s recommendation.
More than three years of surveys, research, reporting and stakeholder engagement have been spent on the project's development.
The first phase, which Forewind hopes to go online by 2019, is slated to use Siemens' next-generation offshore turbines
Forewind is ultimately aiming for an installed capacity of up to 9GW at the Dogger Bank zone.
Copies of the full applications will shortly be available to review and download from Forewind’s website www.forewind.co.uk