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Cables Policy S-CAB-2

Proposals that have a significant adverse impact on new and existing landfall sites for subsea cables (telecoms, power and interconnectors) should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on new and existing landfall sites
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding

Policy Considerations

  1. Best practice and guidance should be used where possible. For example The Crown Estate study and Proximity of offshore renewable energy installations & submarine cable infrastructure in UK waters guidelines and support industry best practice guidance
  2. Proposals should include any consultation with stakeholders, such as The Crown Estate.
  3. Adverse impact on landfall sites for subsea cables should be avoided where possible, for example by a change in location.
  4. If it is not possible to avoid adverse impact, it should be minimised or mitigated. For example, this may inlcude providing space for cables to connect, alternative locations for subsea cables connections.
  5. If it not possible to mitigate significant impact on new and existing landfall sites, a case for proceeding should be included. This could include how the proposal supports the South Marine Plan vision and objectives or other policies. Inclusion of this information does not indicate that approval of the proposal will follow by default.
  6. Sensitive seabed habitats, the limited locations of suitable power grid or telecommunications connections as well as other socio-economic constraints and other aspects as identified in the Marine Policy Statement should be considered (3.7.4).