Decision: Review of consented offshore wind farms in the Southern North Sea harbour porpoise Special Area of Conservation

This is a record of the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), undertaken by the Secretary of State for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy alongside the Marine Management Organisation in respect of offshore wind farms consented under the Planning Act 2008, Electricity Act 1989 and the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 that may cause a significant effect on the Southern North Sea Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The purpose of this Assessment was to determine whether consented offshore wind farm developments would adversely affect the integrity of the Southern North Sea SAC. The consented developments relevant to this assessment are those in the North Sea which may cause a significant effect on the SAC and are not directly connected with, or necessary to, the management of the SAC.

The response to the consultation on the Southern North Sea review of consents: draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) fed into this assessment.