What happens next
Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly.
The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting.
Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to discuss procedural matters only, and is held in public. It is not essential to attend the Preliminary Meeting. Whether or not an Interested Party chooses to attend the Preliminary Meeting, they will still be sent details of how to further take part in the Examination.
The Procedural Decision made after the Preliminary Meeting will be published on our website and will also be available on request from [email protected] and our helpline: 0303 444 5000. Importantly, this Procedural Decision will set the timetable for the Examination. The Examination Timetable will, amongst other things, set deadlines for receipt of detailed Written Representations and for comments on the Relevant Representations made by other Interested Parties.
If you are an Interested Party, either because you are one of the specific bodies cited in s102 of the Planning Act 2008 or have submitted a Relevant Representation, you will receive notifications about the Examination and a copy of the Secretary of State’s decision on the application once that is made.
If you have a legal interest in land affected by a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and:
- have not been identified by the Applicant; and
- did not register to become an Interested Party;
then you can make a request to the Examining Authority to become an Interested Party under s102A of the Planning Act 2008.
Timeline (10 items)
A Procedural Decision by the Examining Authority (PDF, 192KB) has been published regarding Additional Submissions from the Applicant and other Interested Parties and other matters, including the Applicant’s public consultation on the proposed changes and the timing of the Examination.
This has been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 566KB).
The following documents have been published on the website:
- The Examining Authorities (ExA) Initial Assessment of Principal Issues (PDF, 181 KB)
- A Procedural Decision (PDF, 280 KB) by the ExA requesting updated documents and clarification from the Applicant
- A cover letter (PDF, 529 KB) and Notification Report (PDF, 7 MB) from the Applicant proposing changes to the application
- A Procedural Decision (PDF, 165 KB) by the ExA in response to the Applicant’s proposed changes to the application
- An updated Examination Library (PDF, 495 KB)
Relevant Representations have now been published on the website. Due to technical difficulties these were not able to be published on 12 October 2020. We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Examining Authority (ExA) has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the following:
Additionally a note of the ExA’s Unaccompanied Site Inspections on 18, 19 and 20 August 2020 (PDF, 974 KB) has now been published.
These documents have been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 494 KB).