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Advice given between between 1 October 2009 and 14 April 2015 has been archived.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

A1 Birtley to Coal House Improvement Scheme View all advice for this project

06 April 2018
Alan Thwaite


I received recently a consultation document from Highways England called' A1 Birtley to Coal House improvement scheme', dated February 2018.
The penultimate page refers to the 'Planning process', in which it states, 'you can register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party to be kept informed of progress ...'
Can you please tell me how to do this.

Advice given

This proposed development is currently in the Pre-Application stage of the planning process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs). At this stage, the Applicant will be preparing their application documents for submission. Within your enquiry you refer to being in receipt of a consultation letter provided by Highways England (the Applicant). The Applicant undertook their statutory consultation between 8 February and 22 March 2018 for the proposed development. Under the Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) the Applicant is required to submit a Consultation Report as part of their application for development consent during the Acceptance stage of the planning process.
This report must demonstrate (among other duties) how the Applicant has met their statutory duties under the PA2008 during their statutory consultation period. The Consultation Report must demonstrate how they have complied with ss42, 46, 47, 48 and 49 of the PA2008. Section 49 of the PA2008 specifically requires the Applicant to demonstrate whether they have had regard to any responses during the consultation period and whether this resulted in a change to the proposal.
Although the Applicant’s formal statutory consultation period has now closed, as the application is still in the pre-application stage, any parties that may have any concerns/issues with the development proposal should contact the Applicant directly to raise any such concerns/issues. Below are the Applicant’s contact details for the project.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 123 5000
Post: Highways England, National Traffic Operations Centre, 3 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park, Birmingham B32 1AF
Website: attachment 1
Once the application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (the Inspectorate), we have a statutory 28 day period (known as Acceptance stage) to determine whether to Accept the application for Examination. At the Acceptance stage the Inspectorate will undertake the s55 Acceptance (‘Checklist’) to determine whether the Applicant has complied with their statutory consultation duties and other statutory duties during their pre-application stage.
If the application for development consent for this project is formally accepted by the Secretary of State there will be a period where individuals and organisations can register as Interested Parties (IPs) by submitting a Relevant Representation form via the project page of our website (or requesting hard copies thereof) to express your views in relation to the project which will be considered by the Examining Authority during the examination.
We would recommend that you visit our project page for the A1Birtley to Coal House Improvement scheme as any advice issued will be published to this page and you could also sign up for email updates to be kept informed on project progress, once the application is formally submitted.
The Inspectorate has published a series of advice notes on the National Infrastructure planning website which explain the examination process, including information on how to get involved and we would recommend you review the advice notes listed below:
Advice Note 8: Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure process for members of the public and others;
Advice Note 8.1: Responding to the developer’s pre-application consultation; and
Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination.
Our full suite of advice and legislation relating to NSIPs can be found on our website attachment 2 or you can review our FAQ page, which provides further information on the NSIP process.

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