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This month's blog comes from Emily, the Consultation Manager, who gives an update on our latest round of community consultation events and the opportunities for you to have your say…
A big thank you to everyone who attended our recent community consultation events…
My role as Consultation Manager is to manage our pre-application consultation with members of the local community. This includes coordinating our community consultation events and managing our communications channels, including our website, email and community newsletters. I really enjoy my job as on top of having a wide overview of the project, I'm also able to get out and about to meet key stakeholders, such as local councillors and residents, listen to their thoughts on the project and feed this information back to the wider team as the proposal is further refined.
We've just completed our second round of community consultation events in locations along our refined onshore cable corridor and it was great to meet so many people interested in the proposal. Attendees' knowledge of the project and offshore wind varied from knowing a lot, to knowing absolutely nothing, and I think these face-to-face conversations are invaluable in terms of keeping people informed and ensuring that all their questions are answered.
These events are a really important part of the development process, and one of the parts I enjoy most about my role as I'm passionate about talking to people about the project. Especially to local people, as I always learn something new about the area, and this local knowledge is key to developing the best proposal for their area. It's also fun to speak to people about offshore wind in general and how far the technology has come in the past 10 years. We even take 360-degree virtual reality glasses to the events, so people can experience what it's like to stand on the top of an offshore wind turbine! It's not for the feint-hearted!
The next stage is for us to take away the feedback and comments, combine it with results of environmental surveys, technical and feasibility studies, and ongoing consultation with landowners and statutory bodies. We'll take all this information and further refine the cable corridor and suggested sites for the onshore substation and HVAC booster if we need one, then come back to Norfolk in late Summer for another round of consultation events. We'll keep you posted on when these are, so hopefully see you then!
Missed the events? Don't worry there's still time to feedback…
If you were unable to attend one our events, you can view all the information online in our event overview and complete one of our online feedback forms. We have also published some more detailed maps on our website in the documents library following feedback from attendees and will be uploading an updated version of the interactive map this week.
We have asked that you return/complete the forms by the end of March, however you can comment on our plans at any point during the consultation period, in the lead up submission of our application in 2018. Once we have received all the feedback forms from this round of events, we will prepare a Consultation Summary Report, which will summarise all the views expressed at these events. If you would like to receive a copy of this report, you can register your interest and we'll send this to you directly.
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