Hollandse Kust (zuid)
In the Wind Energy Roadmap, the Dutch Government has chosen three areas in which offshore wind farms can be developed in the years to come: Borssele, Hollandse Kust (zuid) and Hollandse Kust (noord). The second area to be developed is Hollands Kust (zuid), which is located 22.2 kilometres off the coast. Before construction starts, the plans will be presented to and discussed with stakeholders.
Wind farm site decisions I and II Hollandse Kust (zuid)
First, the preparations for developing two wind farm sites located outside the 12-mile zone will start: wind farm sites I and II Hollandse Kust (zuid). For these wind farm sites, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and an Appropriate Assessment (AA) will be drawn up. These will highlight (possible) environmental effects – for example, on the landscape, nature, soil and water – so that these effects can be fully taken into account during the decision-making process. In addition, the effects on other use will also be described. The EIAs will also contain an Appropriate Assessment to map out possible consequences for Natura 2000 areas.
The draft Memorandum Scope and Level of Detail (Notitie Reikwijdte en Detailniveau – NRD) was available for inspection from 29 January 2016 to 10 March 2016 at Bureau Energieprojecten. This memorandum describes what is being investigated in the EIAs and the AA.
When the EIAs have been completed, draft wind farm site decisions I and II will be drawn up on that basis. The EIAs will be available for inspection together with the draft wind farm site decisions I and II.
The government has asked the Committee for Environmental Impact Assessment to issue its recommendations on the Scope and Detailed Level Memorandum (NRD).
Offshore grid Hollandse Kust (zuid)
In line with the process of the preparations for the wind farm site decisions, the plan for the spatial embedding and the permits for the offshore grid for Hollandse Kust (zuid) will be prepared as part of the National Coordination Procedure. The draft Memorandum Scope and Level of Detail for the offshore grid will be available for inspection along with the draft NRD for wind farm site decisions I and II. Views on this draft NRD can be submitted through the Bureau Energieprojecten.
Addition to Hollandse Kust (zuid)
For the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm zone, the entire area in which wind farms may be built has not yet been designated. In a Structural Vision two extra strips will be designated at a distance of 10 to 12 nautical miles (around 18.5 to 22 kilometres) from the coast, adjacent to the wind farm area that was designated earlier. The definitive decision on this subject has not yet been taken. There is a separate procedure for this purpose.