Inch Cape submits new application for onshore planning permission in principle

Inch Cape Offshore Limited has submitted a new application for planning permission in principle for onshore components of its offshore wind farm development, proposed at the former Cockenzie Power Station site. The application and supporting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is now available at various locations across the local community for members of the public to review and consult with East Lothian Council.

The project was previously granted planning permission in principle in 2014. Following feedback on the initial application the team have spent the last year consulting with members of the public on a new location. If the application in principle is consented a more detailed planning application will be submitted in due course.

The application and EIA addresses the construction, operation and decommissioning of an onshore substation, electricity cables and associated infrastructure required for the transmission of electricity from the proposed wind farm off the Angus coast. The EIA report did not identify any potentially significant residual effects (in terms of the EIA Regulations) on any environmental or human receptors during these stages of the OnTW other than minimal impacts to landscape and visuals which will reduce over time.

Ian Johnson, ICOL Project Manager said: “We have taken on board the local community’s feedback on the originally proposed site and therefore proposed a new location for the onshore components of the project in this new application. We have made every effort to study potential impacts to the local communities and the environment. We will continue to listen to the public’s feedback and concerns in coming months.

“This project is of national economic and environmental value. Not only will it help the Scottish Government make significant strides in its efforts to achieving carbon free energy, it will act as a positive catalyst in the local area as it continues to go through a period of change following the closure of the power station. By working with the local community and relevant stakeholders we believe we can ensure these goals and benefits are realised.”