Register of advice

The list below is a record of advice the Planning Inspectorate has provided in respect of the Planning Act 2008 process.

There is a statutory duty under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008 to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application and to make this publicly available. Advice we have provided is recorded below together with the name of the person or organisation who asked for the advice and the project it relates to. The privacy of any other personal information will be protected in accordance with our Information Charter which you should view before sending information to the Planning Inspectorate.

Note that after a project page has been created for a particular application, any advice provided that relates to it will also be published under the ‘s51 advice’ tab on the relevant project page.

Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived. View the archived advice.

Enquiry received via email

Southampton to London Pipeline Project View all advice for this project

09 April 2020
Office of the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP - Frances Reynolds


Good afternoon, In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, I understand that Planning Inspectorate is cancelling all previously arranged site visits, and that staff are working from home. I would be most grateful if you can let me know if the examination timetable for the Southampton to London Pipeline Project is now likely to change. I shall look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes, Frances Frances Reynolds – Senior Parliamentary Assistant Office of the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP ? 0207 219 8826 ? ? House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Advice given

Dear Mr Reynolds, Thank you for your e-mail. The situation surrounding COVID-19 is a matter which is under constant review by the Inspectorate. We have set up a group that is dedicated to monitoring the situation, ensuring that we are operating in accordance with current Government guidelines. In relation to the Southampton to London Pipeline Project Examination, I can confirm that all public events have taken place; there are no further site inspections or hearings planned. In the absence of events necessitating social gathering, such as those listed above, there is no planned postponement of the Examination and it will continue to proceed; due to close on Thursday 9 April 2020.