A High Court judge has blocked permission for a huge project which was set to play an important role in meeting the UK’s ambitious targets for offshore wind growth.
Mr Justice Holgate overturned a decision to grant development consent for Vattenfall’s 1.8GW Norfolk Vanguard project after legal action from a resident living near a planned cable route.
BEIS said it was disappointed by the outcome and that it will be considering the judgment carefully before deciding next steps.
The legal challenge came after the resident argued that ministers had not taken into account the "cumulative impacts" of the onshore infrastructure for the project and a related scheme, Norfolk Boreas.
RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Melanie Onn said projects such as Norfolk Vanguard were important if the UK is to achieve its target of 40GW of offshore wind by 2030.
“Developing new offshore wind projects will bring billions in new investment to the UK and create tens of thousands of high-quality jobs after the pandemic."
"We hope the Government will examine the judgement carefully and respond in a way that supports meaningful action against the most dangerous threat to our planet - climate change. This is especially important in the year when we are hosting COP26, as new projects are vital to maintain the UK's global lead in offshore wind".
Vattenfall UK Country Manager Danielle Lane said the ruling relating to the process for granting consent and is “not about the merits of our world class Norfolk Vanguard project”.
“It’s vital that the Government now acts to redetermine consent, with regard to the judge's ruling, as quickly as possible."
“That way we can continue to invest in the region and remain on track to begin generating low cost, renewable electricity by the late 2020s.”