East Midlands Intermodal Park
Can you provide information about what stage the project is at and what this involves, how to get to make a representation and track the progress of the project.
The proposal by Goodman Shepherd (UK) Limited for the East Midlands Intermodal Park is currently at the 'pre-application' stage of the national infrastructure planning process, as set out in the Planning Act 2008 (as amended).
As you are aware, Goodman Shepherd (UK) Limited will shortly be consulting with local communities and prescribed consultees on their proposal in accordance with the duties which the Planning Act 2008 (as amended) places upon them. Until a formal application for development consent has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, members of the public should give their views on a project directly to the developer (email: [email protected] tel: 08001701418) and not to the Inspectorate. The purpose of the statutory pre application consultation undertaken by a developer is to provide an opportunity for communities and other consultees to influence the preparation of the application.
The opportunity for persons to register to become an 'interested party' will not arise until a formal application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and if accepted, to proceed to be examined. Based on current information, Goodman Shepherd (UK) Limited anticipate submitting this application during the first quarter of 2015. If the application is accepted to be examined, the developer will be required to advertise in local and national press the period within which anybody will be able to make a 'relevant representation' and register to become an interested party. Notification of this period will also appear on the East Midlands Intermodal Park project page of the National Infrastructure pages of the Planning Portal website, here: attachment 1
The Planning Inspectorate has published a series of advice notes which explain the process, including information on how to get involved. These are available at: attachment 2.
I would draw your attention in particular to advice notes 8.1 to 8.5. In addition, the Government has published Guidance on the pre application stage.
You can receive updates about the project at key milestones by signing-up to email updates on the project page at the link above. By signing up you will receive notifications such as when the application is formally submitted, if the application is accepted or not to proceed to examination and when the period to register a relevant representation opens and closes. It is advised that in order to stay up to date with the application you regularly visit the project page.