Wessex Archaeology (WA) has been commissioned by Royal HaskoningDHV to prepare a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) for the offshore elements of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm (DOW) project. An archaeological assessment of geotechnical data from the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm area has been undertaken, including a Stage 1 to 3 Geoarchaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Assessment (Wessex Archaeology 2014a). Results of this assessment have been incorporated into this WSI. An archaeological assessment of 2013 geophysical data for the WTG layout, interarray cable study area and export cable survey area has also been undertaken (Wessex Archaeology 2014b). The geophysical data collected for this assessment are higher resolution than the data initially assessed, and therefore provide additional details about the archaeological resource. The results of the assessment have been included in this WSI. The report within this series comprises: > An outline of the proposed development options and a summary of the potential impacts associated with the construction, operation and decommissioning of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm; > Details of agreed recommended mitigation including proposed Archaeological Exclusion Zones (AEZs), receptors to be avoided/groundtruthed, and requirements for further assessment of geophysical data; > Details of agreed monitoring requirements; > An outline of responsibilities and communication requirements; > Details of the agreed protocol for archaeological discoveries (The Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries: Offshore Renewables Projects (ORPAD) (The Crown Estate 2010a)); > A scheme of investigation for further archaeological works in line with Model Clauses for Archaeological Written Schemes of Investigation: Offshore Renewables Projects (The Crown Estate 2010b). This document will be monitored and updated throughout the preconstruction and construction process to ensure that the scheme of investigation is appropriate to the final design.
Written Scheme of Investigation, Report