BERWICK BANK WIND FARM
Digital Consent Application / EIA Documents

Offshore   Onshore  

Introduction

Berwick Bank Wind Farm Limited (the Applicant) is seeking consent to develop the Berwick Bank Wind Farm Project. The Berwick Bank Wind Farm will be located in the outer Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay, approximately 37.8 km east of the Scottish Borders coastline (St. Abb’s Head) and 47.6 km to the East Lothian coastline. The Applicant has submitted an offshore application for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989; and marine licences under section 20 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and Section 65 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, and an onshore application for planning permission under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. These applications can be viewed in full in digital format by clicking the links below.

Diagram showing parts of the scheme and a list of reports

Digital Documents

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed for the offshore components of the Berwick Bank Wind Farm in accordance with The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (as amended), The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 (as amended) and The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The EIA Report (Volumes 1 to 4) has been submitted as part of the offshore consent application and is made accessible in digital format below.

A Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) has also been completed as required under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994, The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 and the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017(collectively referred to as the “Habitats Regulations”). In accordance with these Regulations a Report to Inform an Appropriate Assessment (RIAA) (Parts 1 to 3) has been completed based on the outcome from the HRA Screening (assessment of likely significant effects (LSE)).

In view of the conclusions of the offshore RIAA, it was necessary to provide the requisite information and justification (the Derogation Case) to satisfy the HRA Derogation Provisions. The documents comprising the HRA and Derogation Case are included as part of the application and also made accessible in digital format below.

An EIA has been completed for the onshore components of the Berwick Bank Wind Farm in accordance with The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. The EIA accompanies an application to East Lothian Council (ELC) for consent under The Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. In addition to the EIA, supporting documents including a Planning Statement (incorporating Design and Access Statement), a Pre-Application Consultation Report and planning application drawings have been submitted.

A HRA has also been completed with regards to the Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994, Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (also known as the ‘Habitats Directive’) (as amended); Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds, codified version, (also known as the ‘Birds Directive’) (as amended). In accordance with these Regulations a RIAA has been completed based on the outcome from the HRA Screening (assessment of LSE).

Pre-Application Consultation Report
(Offshore and Onshore)

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Pre-Application Consultation Report

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Pre-Application Consultation Report Appendices

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Offshore Documents

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Consent application

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Section 36 Consent Application

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Marine Licence Application – Berwick Bank Offshore Wind Farm

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Marine Licence Application – Offshore Transmission Infrastructure (Part 1)

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Marine Licence Application – Offshore Transmission Infrastructure (Part 2)

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

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Non-Technical Summary

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Volume 1 - Introductory Chapters

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Table of Contents

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Overarching Glossary

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Chapter 2

Policy and Legislation

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Chapter 3

Project Description

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Chapter 4

Site Selection and Considerations of Alternatives

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Chapter 5

Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation

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Chapter 6

Environmental Impact Assessment Methodology

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Volume 2 - Offshore EIA Report Specialist Assessments

Chapter 7

Physical Processes

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Chapter 8

Benthic Subtidal and Intertidal Ecology

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Chapter 9

Fish and Shellfish Ecology

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Chapter 10

Marine Mammals

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Chapter 11

Ornithology

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Chapter 12

Commercial Fisheries

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Chapter 13

Shipping and Navigation

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Chapter 14

Aviation, Military, Communications

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Chapter 15

Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

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Chapter 16

Cultural Heritage

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Chapter 17

Infrastructure and Other Users

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Chapter 18

Socio-economics and Tourism

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Chapter 19

Water Quality

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Chapter 20

Inter-Related Effects

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Chapter 21

Major Accidents and Disasters

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Volume 3 - Technical Reports

Appendix 5.1

Audit Document for Post-Scoping Discussions

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Appendix 6.1

Scoping Report

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Appendix 6.2

Scoping Opinion

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Appendix 6.3

Enhancement, Mitigation and Monitoring Commitments

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Appendix 6.4

Cumulative Effects Screening

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Appendix 6.5

Cumulative Effects Assessment Figures

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Appendix 6.6

Transboundary Impacts Screening

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Appendix 7.1

Physical Processes Technical Report

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Appendix 8.1

Benthic Subtidal and Intertidal Ecology Technical Report

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Appendix 8.2

Benthic Ecology, Fish and Shellfish Ecology, and Physical Processes Road Map

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Appendix 9.1

Fish and Shellfish Ecology Technical Report

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Appendix 10.1

Subsea Noise Technical Report

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Appendix 10.2

Marine Mammal Technical Report

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Appendix 10.3

Marine Mammal Road Map

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Appendix 10.4

Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance Modelling Report

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Appendix 10.5

Conversion Factor Supporting Information

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Appendix 11.1

Ornithology and Intertidal Ornithology Technical Report

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Appendix 11.2

Ornithology Intertidal Survey Report

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Appendix 11.3

Collision Risk Modelling

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Appendix 11.4

Displacement

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Appendix 11.5

Apportioning

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Appendix 11.6

Population Viability Analysis

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Appendix 11.7

Boat based survey

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Appendix 11.8

Ornithology Road Map

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Appendix 12.1

Commercial Fisheries Technical Report

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Appendix 13.1

Navigational Risk Assessment

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Appendix 13.2

Shipping and Navigation Road Map

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Appendix 14.1

Aviation, Military and Communications Technical Report

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Appendix 15.1

Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Technical Report

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Appendix 15.2

Seascape, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Figures

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Appendix 16.1

Cultural Heritage Technical Report

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Appendix 18.1

Socio Economics and Tourism Technical Impact Report

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Appendix 18.2

Socio-Economics and Tourism Stakeholder Consultation

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Appendix 18.3

Socio-Economics Local Study Area Definition Analysis

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Appendix 18.4

Socio-Economics Impact Industries Definitions

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Appendix 18.5

Socio-Economics Tourism Region Definitions

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Appendix 19.1

Water Framework Directive Report

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Appendix 20.1

Inter-related Effects, Ornithology Ecosystem Literature Review

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Appendix 21

Climate Assessments Report

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Volume 4 - Outline Management Plans

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Environmental Management Plan

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Appendix 23

Marine Mammal Mitigation Protocol

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Appendix 24

Outline Fisheries Management and Mitigation Strategy

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Appendix 25

Navigational Safety and Vessel Management Plan

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Appendix 26

Aids to Navigation Management plan

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Appendix 27

Lighting and Marking Plan

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Habitat Regulations Appraisal

Report to Inform Appropriate Assessment (RIAA)

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Executive Summary and Conclusions

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Introduction and Background (Part One)

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Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) Appropriate Assessments (Part Two)

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Special Protection Areas (SPAs) Appropriate Assessments (Part Three)

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RIAA Appendices

Appendix 1A

Stage 1 Likely Significant Effect Screening Report

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Appendix 2A

European Sites Summaries for Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)

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Appendix 3A

European Sites Summaries for Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar Sites

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Appendix 3B

List of Species and Associated Population, Survival and Mortality Parameters for Species Within MS Strategic Assessment

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Appendix 3C

List of Species Screened in but Not Contained Within the MSs Strategic Level Report and Associated Parameters

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Derogation Case

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Derogation Case

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Implementation and Monitoring

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Fisheries Compensation

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Colony Compensation

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Statement of Need

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Compensatory Measures EIA

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Compensatory Measures RIAA

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Consent Application Accompanying Documents

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Offshore Planning Statement

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Marine Archaeology Technical Report

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Marine Protected Area Assessment

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Onshore Documents

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Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Volume 1 - Chapters

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Contents

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Overarching Abbreviations and Glossary

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Chapter 2

Approach to EIA

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Chapter 3

Policy and Legislation

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Chapter 4

Site Selection and Consideration of Alternatives

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Chapter 5

Proposed Development Description

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Chapter 6

Landscape and Visual Impact

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Chapter 7

Onshore Ecology

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Chapter 8

Onshore Ornithology

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Chapter 9

Noise

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Chapter 10

Onshore Cultural Heritage

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Chapter 11

Geology, Hydrology, Soils and Flood Risk

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Chapter 12

Traffic and Transport

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Chapter 13

Socioeconomics

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Chapter 14

Land Use Tourism and Recreation

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Chapter 15

Summary

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Volume 2 - Figures

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Figures

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Volume 3 - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Figures & Visualisations

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Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment Figures & Visualisations

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Volume 4 - Supporting Information & Appendices

Appendix 2.1

Scoping Report

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Appendix 2.2

Scoping Opinion

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Appendix 2.3

Consultation

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Appendix 2.4

Cumulative Developments

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Appendix 4.1

Site Selection Technical Report

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Appendix 5.1

Construction Environmental Management Plans

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Appendix 5.2

Climate Assessments Report

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Appendix 7.1

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

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Appendix 7.2

Protected Species

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Appendix 7.3

Bats

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Appendix 7.4

Great crested newt Species Protection Plan

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Appendix 8.1

Breeding Bird Survey Report

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Appendix 8.2

Wintering Bird Survey Report

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Appendix 9.1

Noise Survey Technical Note

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Appendix 10.1

Policy

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Appendix 10.2

Undesignated Assets

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Appendix 10.3

Scheduled Monuments

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Appendix 10.4

Other Designated Assets in Study Areas

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Appendix 10.5

Intertidal Maritime Assets

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Appendix 11.1

Flood Risk Assessment

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Appendix 11.2

Drainage Strategy Report

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Appendix 12.1

Transport Assessment

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Appendix 12.2

Abnormal Load Route Assessment

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Appendix 13.1

Socio-Economics Local Study Area Definition - Analysis

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Appendix 13.2

Socio-Economics Technical Impact Report

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Appendix 13.3

Socio-economics Stakeholder Consultation Participation

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Appendix 13.4

Socio-Economics Industry Definitions

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Appendix 14.1

Tourism and Recreations Receptors

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Appendix 14.2

Receptors Scoped Out

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Appendix 15.1

Schedule of Mitigation

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Appendix 15.2

Inter-related Effects

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Volume 6 - Non-Technical Summary

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Non-Technical Summary

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Habitat Regulations Appraisal

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Report to Inform Appropriate Assessment

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Consent Application Accompanying Documents

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Onshore Planning Statement

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Digital Acknowledgement

The content provided in this digital Berwick Bank Wind Farm offshore and onshore consent applications, EIA Reports and associated documentation is a digital replication of the information presented within the Berwick Bank Wind Farm offshore and onshore consent applications, EIA Reports and associated documentation submitted to Marine Scotland and East Lothian Council on 9 December 2022 and 22 March 2023, respectively . Further, this digital content will not be subject to any updates as may occur with other webpages following the launch of this webpage on 15 May 2023.