The decision will not affect the consortium’s existing operations at Ramsgate and staffing levels.

According to the consortium, the site required a waiting period of at least three years to access the potential impact of the development on birds.

Meanwhile, the project consortium that includes DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar, has urged The Crown Estate to terminate the agreement for lease for the Phase 2 area.

London Array general manager Mike O’Hare said, "We believe it will take until at least January 2017 for that data to be collected and although initial findings from the existing Phase 1 site look positive, there is no guarantee at the end of three years that we will be able to satisfy the authorities that any impact on the birds would be acceptable."