The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State issued a positive judgement on the Wind Farm Site Desicions (WFSD) for sites I and II of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind energy area. In it’s judgement, the division regularly refers to the Environmental Impact Report (EIA), which was drawn up by Pondera Consult. IN particular, it concerns the visibility analysis, ecological effects and effects on the fishing sector.
For the wind energy area of Hollandse Kust (zuid), Pondera consult is working together with Aveco de Bondt on the EIA, Appropriate Assessment and a list of species for the Flora and Fauna Act on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat). The documents have been drawn up for taking the Wind Farm Site Decisions (WFSD) for the third issue round of offshore wind energy. Specific attention has been paid to ecology (birds, bats, underwater life), experience (view from the beach), shipping safety and the effect on other user functions. Sufficient freedom of choice for the completion of the sites by a future initiator is of great importance. Effects are therefor determined on the basis of a range of options within the sites that are yet to be developed. Form an environmental point of view, the bandwith has been further delimited, so that no disproportionate environmental effects can occur.
The full statement of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division can be found via the following link: https://www.raadvanstate.nl/uitspraken/zoeken-in-uitspraken/tekst-uitspraak.html?id=93270&summary_only=&q