The UK government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has decided to set a new deadline of August 8 for a decision on whether to grant development consent for the 1.2-GW East Anglia Three offshore wind farm.
As required by law, the new deadline was announced in a statement to parliament on Monday.
The previous deadline was June 28. The Secretary of State received a report of recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate on March 28, 2017 and had three months to make a decision, unless exercising powers to push back the deadline.
The statement notes that the deadline extension is without prejudice to the decision on whether to grant development consent or not. No reasons for the delay were provided.
The 1.2-GW wind project off the coast of East Anglia is being developed by ScottishPower Renewables, part of Spanish utility Iberdrola (BME:IBE). The company submitted an application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate in November 2015. The examination of the project started in June 2016 and was completed in December 2016.
East Anglia Three is the second project the company is developing in the East Anglia Zone after the 714-MW East Anglia One.