BSH

National spatial planning

News on the revision of the maritime spatial plans

In 2009, the first maritime spatial plans for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea and Baltic Sea came into force. Much has happened since then, at sea, in the economic sectors dependent on the sea, with the relevant planning authorities in Germany and many other coastal states in Europe. The scientific community has also dealt with many aspects of maritime spatial planning and developed recommendations for further development for the plans for the German EEZ.

The BSH can now look back on 10 years of experience with this planning instrument, which was particularly taken into account in the course of approval procedures for infrastructure in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Together with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Urban Affairs (BMI), which is responsible for maritime spatial planning, the decision was taken to revise and update the plans.

On 11 June 2019, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs sent a letter to the authorities and associations concerning the procedure for drawing up the objectives and principles of spatial planning for the EEZ, thus officially initiating the process of updating the spatial plans for the EEZ.

This letter initially served to inform and query the public authorities as required by law.

As part of this letter, the BSH is giving the opportunity to submit information on current and planned activities and measures from the public authorities contacted by 11 August 2019. The same applies to other available information that may be helpful in identifying and evaluating the weighing material. The aim is to obtain maps and underlying geodata, as well as reports, studies, etc., which may be useful for further classification.

Starting in September 2019, various thematic workshops and technical discussions will be held at the BSH.

After evaluating all answers, workshops and technical discussions, the BSH has the complex task of drawing up initial preliminary drafts and alternative plans for the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

More information in German can be found here

Current procedures

Early public participation of Ørsted Wind Power Germany GmbH for the deviation from planning objective concerning the height limitation in the priority area of wind energy "Nördlich Borkum" according to Section 25 Paragraph 3 of the Administrative Procedure Act

The Maritime Spatial Plan for the German Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea contains provisions for the use and protection of the North Sea. As one of many spatial planning objectives, the plan stipulates that offshore wind turbines shall have a maximum hub height of 125 m above sea level if they are installed within sight of the coasts or islands. According to the reasons of the objective, the aim is to minimise as far as possible any adverse effects on the landscape or on tourism.

Ørsted Wind Power Germany GmbH plans to install offshore wind turbines with a hub height of up to 175 m above sea level approx. 54 km north of Borkum in the priority area of wind energy "Nördlich Borkum" of the Spatial Development Plan for the Exclusive Economic Zone of the North Sea. This concerns the wind farm projects "Borkum Riffgrund West I", "Borkum Riffgrund West II" and "OWP West".

In the event of a deviation from a planning objective, a so-called deviation procedure in accordance with Sections 19, 6 Paragraph 2 of the Spatial Planning Act can be carried out, so that this objective of spatial planning does not represent an obstacle to the approval procedure.

Ørsted Wind Power Germany GmbH has submitted applications to the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) as the competent authority for the implementation of deviation from the planning objective concerning the higher hub height of the planned wind turbines for the wind farm projects "Borkum Riffgrund West", "Borkum Riffgrund West II" and "OWP West". Ørsted Wind Power Germany GmbH had already carried out an early public participation pursuant to Section 25 Paragraph 3 of the Administrative Procedure Act prior to submitting the application.

More information in German can be found here