The Crown Estate periodically runs new structured leasing/licensing processes for distinct parts of its offshore (Energy, Minerals & Infrastructure) business.
The Crown Estate wants to better understand the interactions that proposed areas for lease/license have with other marine users or interests and to share that information with any applicant seeking development rights. We engage with stakeholders as part of new structured leasing/licensing processes so marine organisations can share new information to inform both applicants and ourselves about proposed sites.
We automatically involve some statutory organisations (such as marine planning authorities, marine licence regulators and statutory nature conservation bodies) in this process.
Approach to the award of seabed rights
The Crown Estate is not the regulator which will grant statutory planning consent for site development. We therefore cannot pre-judge the outcome of the statutory planning process.
The seabed rights awarded through new leasing processes will be for preliminary rights. Development of projects within areas bid for are still subject to the statutory planning process, with full leases/licences for site development only being issued by The Crown Estate subject to all necessary statutory consents being granted.
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The below groups different organisations and confirms how and when we will engage with them at different stages of all new offshore leasing/licensing processes.