Project scoping and feasibility studies, including engineering and design optimisation.
Early consultation with regulators, communities and other stakeholders.
Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and Environmental Impact Assessment begins.
Non-statutory consultation with regulators, communities and other stakeholders.
‘Options consultation’ – looking at various scheme options including grid connection routes, access, construction compound locations and EIA methods.
‘Preferred option consultation’ – statutory consultation on the preferred scheme with regulators, communities and other stakeholders (minimum 28 days, under the Planning Act 2008).
Consultation on the draft Environmental Statement with regulators and key stakeholders.
Application for Development Consent Order to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for determination by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and application for a Marine Licence to be submitted to Natural Resources Wales for determination on behalf of the Welsh Government.