Planning and Consultation

A development of national significance

The Crown Estate has recently announced its plans for new leasing opportunities in commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea, confirming its ambition to unlock up to 4GW of this technology in England and Wales by 2035 and help kick-start a new industry in the UK.

Like all offshore wind projects in Welsh waters, Llywelyn Floating Offshore Wind Farm is classed as a Development of National Significance (DNS) – a type of planning application for a large infrastructure project of national importance. For that reason, the planning application process will be dealt with by Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW), on behalf of the Welsh Government.

A DNS is different to a normal planning application. An Inspector examines the application and makes a recommendation to the Welsh Government based on planning merits and national priorities. Welsh Government Ministers then decide whether or not to grant permission.

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Local consultation and engagement

Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy are committed to undertaking considered engagement and consultation with local residents, businesses and community organisations across a wide area around Llywelyn wind farm. Local communities play an important role in this process, helping to ensure that we take account of all the likely significant environmental, social and economic effects of the project, and that impacts are appropriately mitigated or managed in our proposals.

You can learn more about our ongoing dialogue and consultation with the local community on this website as the project develops.

After our consultation, the application will be submitted to PEDW, who will hold a further, five-week consultation, which interested parties can participate in. PEDW will then produce a report for the Welsh Government on the application, and Welsh Ministers will decide whether to accept or reject the application within 12 weeks.

For more information about the Development of National Significance (DNS) process, please visit the PEDW website.

Planning and consultation process

Pre-application

We will develop our outline proposals, make contact with relevant individuals and groups in the area, arrange events, and publicise the draft proposals to identify issues and exchange views between interested parties.

We will notify PEDW that we intend to submit a planning application.

After notification, we will publicise the detailed DNS proposal, and consult nearby owners and residents, local Community Councils and other interested parties for a period of six weeks.

Application

We will submit the application to PEDW with a Consultation Report.

The application will be validated by PEDW and case officer nominated.

Pembrokeshire County Council will put up site notices, and prepare a Local Impact Statement.

If all required documents are submitted, PEDW will publicise the application and write to consultees. Interested parties have five weeks to submit representations.

 

Examination

PEDW will appoint an Inspector to examine the application, including all representations.

The Inspector decides whether a hearing, inquiry, or additional written representations are needed. If so, they might invite interested parties to participate.

PEDW must consider all representations that have been submitted. It is up to the Inspector whether a hearing or inquiry is held.

Decision

At the end of the examination, the Inspector writes a report to the Welsh Minister recommending whether planning permission should be granted or refused and what specific planning conditions should be attached to the permission if granted.

The Minister then has 12 weeks to make a final decision.