Norfolk Vanguard

Project information

Latest update - 28 March 2024

The Applicant has submitted the Benthic Implementation and Monitoring Plan (PDF, 8MB) and associated documents to the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero for her consideration. The Secretary of State has invited the Marine Management Organisation and Natural England to comment on the Plan, in accordance with the Norfolk Boreas and Norfolk Vanguard Offshore Wind Farm Orders. The deadline for response is 23:59 on Friday 19 April 2024.

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About the project

Type of application: Generating Stations

Name of applicant: Norfolk Vanguard Limited

Norfolk Vanguard is a proposed offshore windfarm with an approximate capacity of 1800MW off the coast of Norfolk. The centre of Norfolk Vanguard West is 67km from the Bacton coast and 63km from the Gorleston coast at their nearest point. The centre of Norfolk Vanguard East is 98km from the Bacton coast and 86km from the Gorleston coast at their nearest point. Norfolk Vanguard West is approximately 295km2, Norfolk Vanguard East being 297km2.

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Project stage

This project is at the post-decision stage.

This application was granted on 11 February 2022.


This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find out what you can do at this stage and check our detailed guides.

This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?

The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.

The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.
What happens after the decision is made

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.

Project location

The centre of Norfolk Vanguard West is 67km from the Bacton coast and 63km from the Gorleston coast

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