ScottishPower Renewables has received development consent from the UK’s Planning Inspectorate for its East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two offshore wind projects.

The company submitted applications for the two wind farms to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration in October 2019. These were accepted for review the following month.

The East Anglia One North offshore wind farm will feature 67 wind turbines and have an installed capacity of 800MW.

The project was proposed at a site located 36km from Lowestoft and 42km from Southwold in the North Sea.

Featuring an installed capacity of up to 900MW, the East Anglia Two offshore wind farm was proposed at a site located 37km from Lowestoft and 32km from Southwold in Suffolk.

The two offshore wind projects will have a combined installed capacity of 1.7GW.

In its application, ScottishPower Renewables mentioned that East Anglia Two would be equipped with 75 wind turbines, as well as generators and associated infrastructure.

Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sarah Richards said: “The Planning Inspectorate has examined more than 100 nationally significant infrastructure projects since the Planning Act 2008 process was introduced, ensuring local communities have had the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. 

“These Examinations took place during the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions, and the Examining Authority worked hard to ensure that local people, the local authority, and other Interested Parties were able to fully participate.

“The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views and the evidence gathered during the examination before making their recommendations.”

In July last year, ScottishPower and Shell jointly submitted a bid in the ScotWind Leasing round, which was hosted by the Crown Estate Scotland.

The two companies submitted several proposals for large-scale floating offshore wind farms in Scotland’s north-eastern waters.