What happens next

02/11/2022 - Deadline for Planning Inspectorate to submit recommendation

The Examination closed on 02 August 2022. There will now be a period of three months for the Examining Authority to write its report and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then have three months in which to make a decision.

Timeline (37 items)

The Deadline 8 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

The Examination closed at 23:59 on 2 August 2022. Notification of the completion of the Examination (PDF, 95 KB) has been issued.

If you have any questions, please contact the Case Team: [email protected]

03 August 2022

The Deadline 8 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website. The deadline for the close of Examination is 11:59pm on 2 August 2022.

02 August 2022

The Deadline 8 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

01 August 2022

The Deadline 7 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

Any comments on the Non Material Change Consultation Report (PDF, 10 MB) need to be made by 29 July (Deadline 8) – in accordance with the Examining Authority’s letter under Rule 8 (3) (PDF 172 KB).

The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural decision (PDF, 166 KB) on the Applicant’s request for a change to the original’ application and also a Rule 17 letter (PDF, 154 KB) requesting further information from the Applicant.

25 July 2022

The Deadline 7 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

Any comments on the Non Material Change Consultation Report (PDF, 10 MB) need to be made by 29 July (Deadline 8) – in accordance with the Examining Authority’s letter under Rule 8 (3) (PDF 172 KB).

The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural decision (PDF, 166 KB) on the Applicant’s request for a change to the original’ application.

25 July 2022

The Deadline 7 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

Any comments on the Non Material Change Consultation Report (PDF, 10 MB) need to be made by 29 July (Deadline 8) – in accordance with the Examining Authority’s letter under Rule 8 (3) (PDF 172 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 479 KB) will be updated shortly.

21 July 2022

The Examining Authority (ExA) has published their Proposed Schedule of Changes to the draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 189KB). Comments are invited by deadline 7, Wednesday 20 July 2022.

29 June 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a letter under Rule 8 (3)(PDF 166B) to notify of a change to the Examination Timetable and a request from the Applicant for a change to the original application. The Applicant’s documents for the proposed change request in relation to this have been published.

The submissions for Deadline 6 have also been published under the documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

23 June 2022

The action points, recording and transcripts for the Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) on Infrastructure matters have been published.

09 June 2022

The Livestream for the Hearings taking place on Wednesday 8 June 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) Infrastructure matters.

The Agenda for the ISH 3 can be viewed here (PDF, 135 KB).

06 June 2022

The Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) (PDF, 135 KB) on Infrastructure matters has been published.

On Monday 6 June 2022, the joining instructions for the hearing and the link to the livestream will be issued to those parties that requested to attend.

31 May 2022

The Deadline 5a submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

The Examining Authority has issued a letter giving notification of Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) (PDF, 135 KB). Those parties who wish to speak at the hearing should let the Case Team know by Tuesday 31 May 2022.

20 May 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a letter giving notification of Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) (PDF, 135 KB). Those parties who wish to speak at the hearing should let the Case Team know by Tuesday 31 May 2022.

The Deadline 5 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

13 May 2022

The Examining Authority has issued a request for information letter (PDF, 157 KB). The Deadline for responses is Thursday 19 May 2022.

05 May 2022

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions and Requests for Information (ExQ2) (PDF, 166 KB) has been published

The Deadline for responses to ExQ2 is Deadline 5: Wednesday 11 May 2022

27 April 2022

The Deadline 4 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

14 April 2022

The final itinerary for the Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) (PDF, 2 MB) has been published.

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearings 1 & 2 have been published.

01 April 2022

Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2): Environmental matters concluded on 29 March 2022. As a result, the part 2 session scheduled for Wednesday 30 March 2022 shall not be held.

A recording of both ISH1 and ISH2 shall be available shortly.

29 March 2022

The Livestream for the Issue Specific Hearing’s on Tuesday 29 March 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the agenda (PDF, 192 KB) for further information.

28 March 2022

The Examining Authority’s letter (PDF, 185KB) notifying of Hearings and Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) has been published.

Interested Parties wishing to attend the hearings and the ASI must confirm their attendance with the Case Team by no later than Tuesday 22 March 2022.

The Deadline 3 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

17 March 2022

The Examining Authority’s letter (PDF, 185KB) notifying of Hearings and Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) has been published.

Interested Parties wishing to attend the hearings and the ASI must confirm their attendance with the Case Team by no later than Tuesday 22 March 2022.

The Deadline 2 submissions have now been published under the Documents tab on the National Infrastructure website.

08 March 2022

The Examining Authority’s letter (PDF, 185KB) notifying of Hearings and Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) has been published.

Interested Parties wishing to attend the hearings and the ASI must confirm their attendance with the Case Team by no later than Tuesday 22 March 2022.

04 March 2022

The Deadline 1 submissions have now been published under the ‘Documents’ tab on the National Infrastructure website.

The Examination Library (PDF 2 MB) will be updated shortly.

24 February 2022

The Exam Timetable tab on the project website erroneously stated that the Examination Timetable and the Examining Authority’s Written Questions (ExQ1) would be issued on 23 February 2022.

The timetable, as published in the Rule 8 Letter (Annex A), correctly stated that these documents would be published ‘As soon as practicable after the Preliminary Meeting’; they were published on 9 February 2022.

The Deadline for responses to ExQ1 is Deadline 2: Friday 4 March 2022

22 February 2022

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

09 February 2022

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting has been published, along with the transcript of the meeting (PDF, 90kb).

04 February 2022
  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
02 February 2022

The Livestream for the Preliminary Meeting on Wednesday 2 February 2022 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Joining instructions have been issued to those parties who requested to attend.

Please refer to the Agenda (Annex A) for the Preliminary Meeting (PDF, 330 KB) for further information.

01 February 2022

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.

06 January 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
15 December 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
09 December 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
15 October 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

24 September 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
24 September 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
08 September 2021
Application expected from applicant
01 April 2021