Public participation

Zeewolde Wind Park is governed by the National coordination scheme, which means that the decision-making process is coordinated by the Kingdom. This includes fixed procedures with clear participation opportunities. On this page you will find more information about the various procedural steps. In the time line on the homepage you will see when the next public participation opportunity will take place.

Concept Notification Scope and Detail Level for your information

In the Notification Scope and Detail Level (NS&DL) it is stated what the project entails, what topics are considered in the environmental impact study, and what alternatives (in terms of location and size) are being investigated. The NS&DL aims at clearly stating the content and depth (the scope and detail level) of the Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.) to involved persons and stakeholders. During the information session they could indicate whether additional matters should be included in the E.I.R. The reactions (opinions) and and comments received were included in the final Notification Scope and Detail Level yet to be determined by the competent authority. Eventually, the final notification was the starting point for the drafting of the E.I.R.

Advisory Committee for the E.I.R.

The Committee for the E.I.R.
is an independent Committee that advises the competent authority on the scope and level of the still to be drafted environmental impact report (E.I.R.). If necessary, they will include the opinions received. The views and advice of the Commission for the E.I.R. may lead to the adaptation or expansion of the research.

6-week public participation period

Notification Scope and Detail Level established by the Kingdom

Taking into account the views submitted, the Commission’s advice on the E.I.R. and the possible changes or additions, the Kingdom determines the Notification Scope and Detail Level (NS&DL). The content and depth of the final environmental impact report (E.I.R.) is determined; now research on the environmental impact can start.

Note of reply

This document contains a summary of all submitted views on the NS&DL and the responses of the competent authority.

Composing an E.I.R. and determining a PA

For the construction of a wind park it is essential that the potential impact of that arrangement on the environment be recorded. For this reason, environmental impact assessments are carried out on behalf of the initiators and relevant ministries of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and the Environment, including the effects of the wind park on themes such as sound, drop shadow, flora and fauna, archeology, water and soil, landscape, electricity yield and avoided harmful emissions. Different variations of line arrangements and types of windmills must also be considered. The findings must be published in the Environmental Impact Report (E.I.R.). Among other things, based on the E.I.R., a preferred alternative is determined by the initiators and the competent authority. The preferred alternative (PA) describes the windmill locations and the dimensions of the turbines preferred by the initiator and the competent authority.

Pre-design integration plan and E.I.R. ready

Once the environmental impact assessment has been completed, the findings are published in the environmental impact report (E.I.R.).  Inter alia, based on this, the kingdom drafted a Pre-design integration plan (PDFP). This includes the foundation of the wind park, the windmills’ preferred locations, and the associated conditions under which licensing can take place, such as dimensions. The Pre-design integration plan is shared with the so-called legal advisors, such as neighboring communities, so that they can respond during the pre-consultation period. These views are summarized in a pre-consultation note and is responded to by the competent authority.

On October 25 and 27, 2016. there were two initial meetings where one could be informed about the E.I.R. and the Pre-design integration plan Read the minutes of the meetings here.

Testing by Committee for the E.I.R..

The Committee for the E.I.R.
checks whether the E.I.R. contains sufficient information for decision-making, involving the Notification Scope and Detail Level (NS&DL). Alternatively, they can involve the comments on the design integration plan and the design permits in their review.

Pre-consultation with relevant advisors and governing bodies
Processing advice, draft integration plan and design permits.
Design Integration Plan and design draft Licenses for inspection  

Based on the responses from the preliminary consultation, the preliminary draft integration plan is elaborated into a draft integration plan (DIP).  In addition, the competent authority draws up the preliminary permits. This is done on the basis of the license applications submitted by the initiator. To give everyone an opportunity to respond to this, the draft integration plan and design permits were made available for inspection for six weeks.

On March 21 and 23 2017 there were two start-up meetings. Read more on the page on information meetings.

Participation procedure of 6 weeks

During this period, everyone could submit an opinion on the Design Enforcement Plan and the design permits. The participation period ran from March10 to April 20, 2017. For more information, visit the website of the Energy Projects Office (EPO).

Note of reply

This document contains a summary of all submitted views on the draft integration plan and the draft permits and the comments of the competent authority.

Participation inputs, integration plan and final permits were processed

Considering the views submitted, the final versions of the integration plan and permits were drawn up.

The integration plan and decisions were finalized.

All documents and decisions were coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EA). The Minister of E.A. established the integration plan together with the Minister for Infrastructure & Environment (I&E). Licenses were issued by the responsible competent authorities.

Term of appeal of 6 weeks

During this period, it was possible for interested parties to appeal to the Council of State against one or more decisions.   Only those who submitted an opinion during the display of the draft decisions were allowed to lodge an appeal.

Appeal procedure Council of State > 6 months

During this period, the Council of State considered the submitted proposals and organized a meeting.

Verdict of Council of State

The Council of State assessed whether the applications submitted were well founded. On this basis, the integration plan and the licenses were declared irrevocable