A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Road Improvement scheme

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

18/02/2022 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

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 (32 items)

For those wishing to observe the events scheduled for w/c 20 September 2021 in real time, please use the following link A428 BCCG Livestream Events.

The Examining Authority (ExA) has published the agendas for the following Hearings:

  1. the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) (PDF, 124 KB), scheduled for Wednesday 22 September 2021;
  2. the Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) (PDF, 159 KB) on Highway Matters including the dDCO, scheduled for Thursday 23 September 2021; and
  3. the Issue Specific Hearing (ISH3) (PDF, 128 KB) on Social, Economic and Environmental matters, including the dDCO, scheduled for Friday 24 September 2021.

Please refer to the Examination Library for all these events, which has been updated (PDF, 468 KB).

22 September 2021

The Examining Authority has published its Accompanied Site Inspection Itinerary – 21 September 2021 [PDF, 309 KB]

The Examination Library has been updated [PDF, 468 KB].

15 September 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) has published the agendas for the following Hearings:

  1. the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) (PDF, 124 KB), scheduled for Wednesday 22 September 2021;
  2. the Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) (PDF, 159 KB) on Highway Matters including the dDCO, scheduled for Thursday 23 September 202; and
  3. the Issue Specific Hearing (ISH3) (PDF, 128 KB) on Social, Economic and Environmental matters, including the dDCO, scheduled for Friday 24 September 2021.

The itinerary for the Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI1), scheduled for Tuesday 21 September 2021 will be published early next week.

The Deadline 2 Submissions, Additional Submissions from the Applicant, Interested Parties and Other Persons, and a late Deadline 1 Submission from Local Authorities (PDF, 186 KB) have now been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 466 KB) has been updated.

The ExA notes some late submissions, particularly with respect to the nomination of sites and annotated maps for the ASI, and confirmation of attendance at Hearings and the ASI. This is wholly unhelpful and leads to significant delays for the ExA reading the submitted material, and in the management of work required by the ExA and the Case Team to prepare for publication and other aspects of the Examination.

Parties are expected to read carefully the Examination Timetable published on Friday 20 August 2021 (PDF, 329KB).  Please note in the Examination Timetable what information is required at which Deadline. Please prepare and submit your submissions before 23:59 on the date specified. Additional submissions on Deadlines will be accepted at the discretion of the ExA. Late submissions will most likely not be accepted in to Examination, unless the ExA makes an exception, for example where prior notification has been provided of an exceptional reason for the late submission, and this has been accepted by the ExA.

10 September 2021

The submissions for Deadline 1 and Procedural Deadline C have now been published.

03 September 2021

A Clarification letter from the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy confirming the decision making process for Development Consent Orders that include transport and energy elements that are both Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in their own right has been published under Guidance to the National Infrastructure Planning website.

Deadline 1 (D1) and Procedural Deadline C of the Examination are on Tuesday 31 August 2021. Submissions due are set out in the Examination Timetable.

 

27 August 2021

The reserved hearing day for the Issue Specific Hearing or Open Floor Hearing on Tuesday 24 August 2021, that was notified in the Examining Authority’s Rule 6 letter of 9 July 2021, is no longer required and has been cancelled.

24 August 2021

The following documents have been published:

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Mr Ted Baxter (PDF 96 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF 374 KB) has been updated.

24 August 2021

The following documents have been published:

The recordings for the Open Floor Hearing 1 will be published as soon as practicable.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Mr Ted Baxter (PDF 96 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF 374 KB) has been updated.

20 August 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

20 August 2021
Examination begins
18 August 2021

Instructions have been sent to those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) (Part 2) to be held on Wednesday 18 August 2021. Those participating or observing the PM (Part 2) should read the Rule 6 letter (PDF, 666 KB) dated 9 July 2021 and all accompanying annexes.

The Examining Authority (ExA) has considered the comments and representations made at Procedural Deadline A and B; and has decided not to hold Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) scheduled for the evening of Thursday 19 August 2021. Their Procedural Decision on this matter will be covered at PM (Part 2) and in the Rule 8 Letter.

The Livestream of PM (Part 2), Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) and Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) will be available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Instructions have been sent to those participants attending ISH1 (afternoon of 18 August 2021), please refer to the published Agenda for ISH1  (PDF, 159 KB). The ExA has now published the Agenda for OFH1 (PDF, 89 KB) (morning of 19 August 2021) and instructions on how to join this event will be issued shortly after the close of the PM.’

17 August 2021

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 354 KB).

Any responses to matters discussed during the PM must be submitted by Procedural Deadline B (Monday 16 August 2021).

13 August 2021

The Examining Authority has now published the detailed Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 159 KB) to be held on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

The Examining Authority would like to thank those who provided written submissions by Procedural Deadline A. These have been very helpful ahead of the Preliminary Meeting (PM). For those that have indicated a wish to speak on specific agenda items, joining instructions on how to join the PM have been issued by email today. For those wishing to observe the PM in real time, please use the following link Livestream of PM (Part 1).

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00 on Tuesday 10 August 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page or if you can’t hear anything, it may be that your sound is turned off and therefore un-muting or increasing the sound volume may resolve the issue.

Those participating or observing the PM should read the Rule 6 letter dated 9 July 2021 and all accompanying annexes. 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 (16 August 2021).

10 August 2021
Preliminary Meeting takes place
10 August 2021

The Examining Authority has now published the detailed Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 159 KB) to be held on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

The Examining Authority would like to thank those who provided written submissions by Procedural Deadline A. These have been very helpful ahead of the Preliminary Meeting (PM). For those that have indicated a wish to speak on specific agenda items, joining instructions on how to join the PM have been issued by email today. For those wishing to observe the PM in real time, please use the following link Livestream of PM (Part 1).

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00 on Tuesday 10 August 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page or if you can’t hear anything, it may be that your sound is turned off and therefore un-muting or increasing the sound volume may resolve the issue.

Those participating or observing the PM should read the Rule 6 letter dated 9 July 2021 and all accompanying annexes. 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 (16 August 2021).

09 August 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) is providing all parties advance access to the intended list of the ExA’s First Written Questions (PDF, 539 KB) and requests for information (WQ1), in order to facilitate the conduct of the Examination. WQ1 will be issued formally after the close of the Preliminary Meeting, and as soon as the Examination starts. Any amendment will be limited to additional questions, in the form of an addendum.

Responses are due by Deadline 1, Tuesday 31 August 2021. Please do not submit any responses before the start of the Examination.

The Examining Authority’s (ExA’s) Rule 6 letter was published on Friday 9 July 2021, providing details of the Preliminary Meeting and the draft timetable for the examination of the application.

21 July 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from North Hertfordshire District Council (PDF, 220 KB).

20 July 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from East Cambridgeshire District Council (PDF, 123 KB).

19 July 2021

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.

09 July 2021
08 July 2021

The note of Examining Authority’s unaccompanied site inspections  (PDF, 110 KB) on 30 June and 1 July 2021 has been published.

05 July 2021

A Procedural Decision has been issued to the Applicant, all Interested Parties and Statutory Parties.

02 July 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from East West Railway Company Limited (PDF, 209KB).

02 July 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept additional submissions from:

24 June 2021
Relevant representations published on the website
23 June 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
10 June 2021

The Applicant has sent Section 56 notification to some additional persons with a legal interest in the land affected by the Proposed Development, on a later date of 19 May 2021. These persons are invited to make a Relevant Representation on the Application to the Secretary of State on a registration form no later than 11.59pm on 21 June 2021. This extended deadline to make a Relevant Representation is relevant only for persons who have received a Section 56 notification dated 19 May 2021.

Persons who received the Section 56 notification of the accepted Application on 28 April 2021, please note that your deadline to make a Relevant Representation on the Application remains unchanged, and must be received no later than 11.59pm on 10 June 2021.

For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination. If you still need assistance, please contact us at [email protected] quoting reference number TR010044 or telephone us at 0303 444 5000.

24 May 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
28 April 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

23 March 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
23 March 2021

The application documents have been published.

If the application is accepted for examination anyone interested in the application will be able to register and express their views during the relevant representation stage and the subsequent examination.

15 March 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
26 February 2021