Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

What happens next

The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State on 19 July 2021. The Secretary of State has to 19 April 2022 in which to issue a decision. The decision letter and Recommendation Report will be published on this project page once a decision has been made.

Timeline (63 items)

The Secretary of State has decided to re-set the statutory deadline for decision on this application to 19 April 2022. For further information, please refer to the written statement laid in Parliament.

20 October 2021
Deadline for Secretary of State to make decision
19 October 2021

The Bristol Port Company and the Applicants response to the Secretary of State’s letter dated 17 August 2021 have been published.

The Secretary of State has issued a consultation letter (PDF, 186 KB) requesting comments from all Interested Parties and the Environment Agency by Tuesday 5 October 2021.

21 September 2021

Responses to the Secretary of State’s Consultation of 13 August 2021 have been published.

31 August 2021

The Secretary of State for Transport has requested comments from the Applicant and Bristol Port Company by 23:59 on 27 August 2021

13 August 2021

The Secretary of State for Transport has requested comments from the Applicant and other Interested Parties by 09 August 2021.

26 July 2021
Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
19 July 2021

The Examination closed at 23.59 on 19 April 2021. Notification of completion of the Examination (s99) (PDF, 105 KB) has been issued.

The Deadline 7 Submissions alongside Late Deadline 7 Submissions  have now been published.

20 April 2021

The Deadline 7 Submissions have now been published.

The Examining Authority has recently conducted Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Thursday 15 April – USI3 (PDF, 10 MB) & Friday 16 April – USI4 (PDF, 106 KB). Notes from these visits have been added to the Examination Library.

19 April 2021

The Deadline 7 Submissions have now been published.

15 April 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Request for Further Information – Rule 17 (PDF, 169 KB) to The Applicant, the National Trust, National Grid Electricity Transmission, the Bristol Port Company and North Somerset District Council. The ExA requires responses on or before Deadline 7, 14 April 2021.

The Examining Authority has also published its schedule of changes to the draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 181 KB) and the Report on the Implications for European Sites (PDF, 460 KB)

29 March 2021

Deadline 6 Submissions including 104 Late Deadline 6 Submissions from the Applicant have now been published.

18 March 2021

The Deadline 6 Submissions have now been published.

17 March 2021

The recording of Issue Specific Hearing 4 dealing with the draft Development Consent Order (DCO) on 2 March 2021 and the action points (PDF, 114 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

The recordings of Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 on 3 March 2021 and the action points (PDF, 84 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

The recordings of Issue Specific Hearing 5 dealing with Environmental Matters on 4 March 2021 and the action points (PDF, 130 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

05 March 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 5 dealing with Environmental Matters on Thursday 4 March 2021 have been sent.

The Livestream of the Issue Specific Hearing is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10am. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 5 dealing with Environmental Matters (PDF, 171 KB)

The recording of Issue Specific Hearing 4 dealing with the draft Development Consent Order (DCO) on 2 March 2021 have been published.

Additional submissions submitted to facilitate March Hearings have been published:

Applicant’s response to ETM Contractors Ltd and Manheim Auctions Limited letter of 26 February 2021 (PDF, 561 KB),
Applicant’s response to Mr Tarr’s email of 24 February 2021 (PDF, 309 KB),
Applicant’s response to Ms Gordan’s email of 23 February 2021 (PDF, 285 KB)
Ms Gordan’s response to the Applicants email of 2 March 2021 (PDF, 125 KB)

03 March 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 on Wednesday 3 March 2021 have been sent.

The Livestream of the Issue Specific Hearing is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 (PDF, 169 KB)

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept and consider an Additional Submission from ETM Contractors Ltd and Manheim Auctions Limited (PDF, 959 KB) submitted to facilitate March Hearings.

02 March 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing (ISH) 4 on draft Development Consent Order (DCO) on Tuesday 2 March 2021 have been sent.

The Livestream of the ISH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the ISH 4 on draft Development Consent Order on Tuesday 2 March 2021 (PDF, 163 KB)

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept and consider an Additional Submission from ETM Contractors Ltd and Manheim Auctions Limited (PDF, 959 KB) submitted to facilitate March Hearings.

01 March 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept and consider two Additional Submissions.

Agendas for the Issue Specific Hearing 4 on draft Development Consent Order on Tuesday 2 March 2021 (PDF, 163 KB), Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 on Wednesday 3 March 2021 (PDF, 169 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 5 on Environmental Matters on Thursday 4 March 2021 (PDF, 171 KB) have been published.

Please note, If you would like to attend any of these hearings, contact the Case Team by 26 Feb 2021 on: [email protected]

17 February 2021

The Deadline 4 Submissions have been published.

21 January 2021

The recordings of Issue Specific Hearing 3 dealing with Environmental Matters on 12 January 2021 and the action points (PDF, 111 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

The recordings of Issue Specific Hearing 2 dealing with Environmental Matters on 11 January 2021 and the action points (PDF, 113 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

14 January 2021

The recordings of Issue Specific Hearing 2 dealing with Environmental Matters on 11 January 2021 and the action points (PDF, 113 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

12 January 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 3 on the Environmental Matters on 12 January 2021 have been sent.

The Livestream of the ISH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Environmental Matters (PDF, 168 KB) on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

Additional submissions from the Applicant submitted to facilitate Issue Specific Hearing 3 have been published: Cover letter (PDF, 101 KB), Bristol Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2020 (PDF, 2 MB), SFRA Functional Floodplain FZ3B mapping (PDF, 8 MB)

Additional submission from the Environment Agency (PDF, 271 KB) submitted to facilitate Issue Specific hearing 3 has been published

12 January 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2 on the Environmental Matters on 11 January 2021 have been sent.

The Livestream of the ISH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 2 on Environmental Matters (PDF, 166 KB) on Monday 11 January 2021.

Additional submissions from the Applicant submitted to facilitate Issue Specific hearing 3 have been published : Cover letter (PDF, 101 KB), Bristol Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 2020 (PDF, 2 MB), SFRA Functional Floodplain FZ3B mapping (PDF, 8 MB)

08 January 2021

Procedural Decision and Request for further information – Rules 9 & 17 (PDF, 138KB) and Deadline 3 Submissions have now been published.

Agendas for the Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF, 166 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 3 (PDF, 168 KB) both dealing with Environmental Matters on Monday 11 January 2021 and Tuesday 12 January 2021 have been published.

If you would like to attend any of these hearings, contact the Case Team on: [email protected]

23 December 2020

Agendas for the Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF, 166 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 3 (PDF, 168 KB) both dealing with Environmental Matters on Monday 11 January 2021 and Tuesday 12 January 2021 have been published.

If you would like to attend any of these hearings, contact the Case Team on: [email protected]

11 December 2020

The recording of Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 and the action points (PDF, 104 KB) arising from this hearing have been published.

The recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 into the draft DCO and the action points (PDF, 104 KB) arising from this hearing  have been published.

08 December 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 1 on the draft DCO (ISH) on 7 December 2020 have been sent.

The Livestream of ISH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the ISH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020.

04 December 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH) on 4 December 2020 have been sent.

The Livestream of CAH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the CAH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10am.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

Agendas for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (PDF, 160 KB) on Friday 4 December 2020 and Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020.

04 December 2020

Deadline 2 submissions have been published.

Agendas for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (PDF, 160 KB) on Friday 4 December 2020 and Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020.

25 November 2020

Agendas for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (PDF, 160 KB) on Friday 4 December 2020 and Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020 have been published.

Please note, if you would like to attend any of these hearings, contact the Case Team on: [email protected] by Deadline 2 on 23 November 2020.

13 November 2020

Responses to Deadline 1 have been published.

04 November 2020

Read the letter

 

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following representation as an Additional Submission:

North Somerset District Council  (PDF, 796 KB)

26 October 2020

Read the letter

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

26 October 2020

The recordings from the Preliminary Meeting and Open Floor Hearing have been published:

Preliminary Meeting Part 1 – 06 Oct 2020
Preliminary Meeting Part 2 – 19 Oct 2020
Open Floor Hearing – 19 Oct 2020

21 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 2:00PM on Monday 19 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The recording of Preliminary Meeting Part 1 is available here

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Open Floor Hearing (OFH) have been sent. The Livestream of OFH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the OFH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 6.30PM on Monday 19 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

19 October 2020
Examination begins
19 October 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

The Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) and Open Floor Hearing will commence on the 19 October 2020 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM respectively.

Responses to Procedural Deadline B have been published

If you have any questions please contact the case team at : [email protected]

15 October 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB). Any written responses to matters discussed during the Meeting can be submitted by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

The Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) will commence on the 19 October 2020 at 2 PM. Please let the case team know by procedural Deadline B if you would like to attend/be heard at the Preliminary Meeting Part 2.

Additional Submissions: Following the request from the Examining Authority at the Preliminary Meeting: Part 1 the Applicant has submitted a number of updated application documents which have now been published.

Reminder: The deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form

07 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

Response to Documents requested in Rule 6 letter have now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

06 October 2020
Preliminary Meeting takes place
06 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

Response to Documents requested in Rule 6 letter have now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

05 October 2020

The Examining Authority has recently conducted Unaccompanied Site Inspections (USI1 & USI2). Notes from these visits have been added to the Examination Library .

Applicants response to s51 advice and Additional Submissions submitted as a result of s51 advice have been published.

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

02 October 2020

Applicants response to s51 advice and Additional Submissions submitted as a result of s51 advice have been published.

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

23 September 2020

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

22 September 2020

The agenda for the Open Floor Hearing (PDF, 94kb) scheduled for 19 October 2020 has now been published.

If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

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11 September 2020

The Rule 6 letter (PDF 712kb) notifying of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) has been issued.

This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable, notification of an Open Floor Hearing, and other related matters.

Interested Parties wishing to participate in the PM must complete the Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form by Procedural Deadline A (21 September 2020).

Further information is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 192kb) document.

07 September 2020

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

07 September 2020

The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following representations as Additional Submissions during Pre-examination:

Cotswolds Conservation Board (PDF 283KB) published on 6 August 2020
Peter Kirsen (PDF 118KB) published on 6 August 2020
Burges Salmon LLP on behalf of The Crown Estate (PDF 3MB) published on 6 August 2020
Jonathan Rainey (PDF 71KB) published on 6 August 2020
Cardiff Council (PDF 111KB) published on 12 August 2020
NATS Safeguarding (PDF 4MB) published on 12 August 2020
North Somerset Council (PDF 830KB) published on 12 August 2020
Utility Assets Ltd. (PDF 119KB) published on 12 August 2020
North Somerset Council (PDF 775KB) published on 4 September 2020

03 September 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a letter to update Interested Parties on the progress of the application and to request further information, in the form of a Questionnaire, to help seek views regarding future events.

The deadline for Questionnaire responses is 30 July 2020.

16 July 2020

Consistent with the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 May 2020, the Examining Authority is considering whether and how virtual events should proceed for this case, including the practical measures needed to ensure fair participation by all. An update will be provided as soon as one is available.

14 May 2020

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible. Please email the project mailbox: [email protected]

01 April 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
06 March 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
26 February 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
14 January 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

12 December 2019
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
12 December 2019

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 15 November 2019.

The applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as
soon as practicable to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what
is being proposed in this application. The Planning Inspectorate will therefore
make the application documents available as soon as practicable.

This provision is solely for the purpose of allowing more time to all those who
wish to become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed ahead of
the relevant representation period without lengthening the overall time
required for the application process. There will be no opportunity at this
stage to make comments on the application. However, if the application is
accepted anyone interested in the application will be able to register and
express their views during the relevant representation stage and the subsequent examination.

19 November 2019
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
15 November 2019