Hornsea Three Community Consultation FAQ’s

Subject to positive Final Investment Decision 

General Questions

Why are you undertaking a Community Consultation exercise?
A. The purpose of the consultation is to:

  • Ensure local people and local groups have the opportunity to participate in how the Fund is established
  • Communicate the benefit areas or ‘funding zones’ where the Fund investment is most likely to be spent
  • Clarify the types of projects and organisations the Fund will support
  • Clarify the size of grants the Fund will support

How much is the proposed Community Benefit Fund (CBF)?
A. £700,000 per year

Is the CBF linked to inflation?
A. No the CBF is not index-linked. It will remain the same value every year.

How long will the CBF last?
A. The commitment is initially for a 10-year period.

Where does the money come from?
A. The money will come from Ørsted’s Hornsea Three Offshore Wind Farm

Does Ørsted have to legally provide a CBF?
A. There is no statutory requirement for Developers to provide community funding. The Ørsted CBF’s are voluntary commitments that form part of Ørsted’s community engagement framework.

When will the consultation start?
A. 1 August 2022

When will the consultation end?
A. Approximately end March 2023

What will be involved in the consultation?
A. The consultation process has three stages:

1. Online survey

The first step of the consultation process will be an online public survey that will run for three months starting on 1 August 2022 and closing on 7 November. The survey has 16 questions and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

  1. Meetings with key stakeholders

The second step will involve GrantScape consulting with key stakeholders including Local Authorities and voluntary and community infrastructure organisations to discuss the findings of the Stage 1 survey. These meetings will be in November and December 2022.

  1. Public events

In January and February 2023, GrantScape will hold a series of local, public, informal drop-in events (and two virtual as well for those who can’t attend the events) for anyone that wants to know more about the Fund. Events will be held in the following locations:

  • Kings Lynn
  • Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Sheringham / or Cromer
  • Mundesley
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Holt
  • Reepham
  • Swardeston
  • Lowestoft
  • 2 x Virtual Zoom events

Details of venues with dates and times will be published on GrantScape’s and Ørsted’s websites by the end of October 2022.

How do I complete the survey?
A: The survey can be accessed here:

I do not have access to the internet, can I still complete the survey?
A: Yes. We can ask you the questions over the phone and populate the survey for you OR we can post a paper copy of the survey to complete and return.

Can I reserve a place at a public event?
A: You do not need to reserve a place at the public events. You can just turn up between the published opening hours.

However, if you would like to attend an event virtually by Zoom you will need to book a slot. Details of these events will be on the GrantScape website.

We will be happy to take contact details of all groups who have expressed an interest in the CBF and add you to a mailing list to receive updates on the consultation process and when the Fund goes live.

Will there be a final report produced on the consultation?
A. Yes, at the end of the process there will be a public report summarising all stages of the consultation and the key findings.

Are you consulting on the funding area map?
A. We are only asking for views from stakeholders who have a strong argument as to why the proposed map would create significant issues.

Is the consultation area the likely boundary for the Fund?
A. It is most likely that the consultation area map will be the geographical boundary of the CBF when it launches to applications in Spring 2023.

One of the most difficult aspects of shaping any new community fund is setting a geographical boundary. However, there does have to be a defined area in order to manage the number of applications that can apply to the Fund.

The consultation area for the Hornsea Three Community Benefit Fund is defined by a map. This map includes a 5km coastal zone stretching from the Norfolk county boundary in Kings Lynn to the south of Lowestoft in Suffolk.

In addition, there is a 5km zone which follows the route of the proposed electrical cabling that will connect to the main Electricity Grid. The cabling route is considered part of the project development area and so is included in the community consultation. However, it is noted that the cabling routes of Ørsted’s other developments do not travel as far inland as the proposed Hornsea Three development.

Ørsted will construct a new main logistics compound within the Parish of Oulton (East of Saxthorpe). This is part of the overall projects development area so is included within the community consultation area for the CBF.

The 5km coastal Zone, the cabling routes and other development areas included in the consultation area follow a consistent approach with all of Ørsted’s other CBFs.

A final version of the map will been calculated using Ørsted’s GIS software to ensure consistency.

Why are you proposing to change the current East Coast Community Fund (ECCF) boundary?
A. The ECCF has been live for over 5 years and it is working very well. The ECCF has a local Advisory Panel (AP) which helps in the decision process to ensure local input.

To simply merge the new Hornsea Three Fund with the ECCF would see a funding zone stretching from Bridlington in East Yorkshire to south of Lowestoft in Suffolk. To keep it as one Fund with one AP would create logistical issues as the Group would become too big in number to effectively manage whilst ensuring sufficient local representation is provided for each area served by the Fund. The proposed split on the Norfolk / Lincolnshire border will result in two Funds with separate budgets which will be easier to manage and administer.

GrantScape has already consulted with the ECCF AP on the ‘split’. They are in support of this suggestion. Two of the current AP members representing the ECCF will become the first two members on the new Hornsea Three CBF AP.

When might the boundary split occur?
A. If agreed, the change will happen in April 2023.

I have a potential project currently in the ECCF funding area which will become part of the new Hornsea Three funding area. Will I still be able to apply?
A. If you are currently within the ECCF boundary, you can still apply to the 1 Feb 2023 Round. After this, you would then submit applications to the new Hornsea Three Community Benefit Fund.

I / my project is currently located in the ECCF area. What if, after the consultation, the criteria is such that I can no longer apply for a grant?
A. This is unlikely but potentially possible as a community consultation is exactly that, to ensure the findings reflect the needs of the wider community. Your contribution into the process could therefore be really important.

I have a live ECCF grant in the proposed area of change. Will my grant be affected?
A. No, your grant is completely safe and will continue to be managed under the ECCF.

What happens after the 10 year period if the funding is not extended?
A. It has been agreed with Ørsted that if this were to occur, the current ECCF boundary would be reinstated so that any group in the North Norfolk Area and west of Wells-next-the-Sea can still apply for as long as the ECCF continues.

When will I be able to apply for a grant to the Hornsea Three CBF?
A. It is expected the Fund will be live to applications around April 2023. This is still subject to making the final investment decision (FID) to proceed with the development. This decision is expected in Q4 2022.

I / my project is located outside the consultation area boundary? Can I still contribute to the consultation?
A. Yes, anyone is welcome to participate. You may be from an organisation located outside the boundary that can deliver community services within, so any feedback is important. However, if your physical project is located outside of the boundary, please think very carefully about whether to attend one of our public events as the boundary is unlikely to change. We don’t want you to attend unnecessarily.

Who will be administering the Hornsea Three Community Fund?
A. Ørsted has appointed GrantScape to manage the Hornsea Three Community Fund. The charity already manages three other CBFs for Ørsted in other parts of the Country including the ECCF which already awards funds in North Norfolk.

When the Fund goes live, who will decide where the funding goes?
A. A local Advisory Panel (AP) will be established to help decide how the funding will be allocated. The AP will be set up during the consultation process. It is expected to be of a similar structure to the ECCF AP and will consist of local representatives.