The Government has backed plans for the world's biggest offshore wind farm to be built in the North Sea with the potential of powering around two million homes.

The Dogger Bank Teesside A and B project would see as many as 400 turbines built around 100 miles off England's North East coast, if it is completed after it gained planning consent.

World’s largest

In February this year a similar sized scheme, also at Dogger Bank, was granted planning consent. Put together, the two adjacent projects would be the world's biggest offshore wind farm.

The development by the Forewind consortium of SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil would have onshore elements in Redcar and Cleveland, near Middlesbrough.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Bourne said: "Thanks to Government support the UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy.

"As we build the Northern Powerhouse, we want local communities to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low carbon developments like Dogger Bank Offshore wind project."

Taking shape

As well as the turbines, the project could see eight collector platforms built, four accommodation or helicopter platforms, 10 weather stations and two converter stations.

The electricity would be brought via up to two sets of export cables to a landing point between Redcar and Marske-by-the-Sea and then fed into the National Grid.

You can access the notice of the decision by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the Planning Inspectorate website. 

What happens next?

The decision on the application for a development consent order for Dogger Bank Teesside A&B was taken on 5 August 2015 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons. 

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.