A47 – A11 Thickthorn Junction

What happens next

The Examining Authority has carried out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and has set dates for the Preliminary Meeting.

Part 1 of the Preliminary Meeting will be held on Monday 13 September 2021. Part 2 of the Preliminary Meeting will be held on Thursday 23 September 2021 (if required). Invitations to this meeting have been sent to Interested Parties.

The Preliminary Meeting will 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 (16 items)

Examination begins
24 September 2021

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8 letter (PDF, 339 KB) which, along with issuing the Examination Timetable and other procedural matters, includes a Procedural Decision to close the Preliminary Meeting and The Examining Authority’s First Written Questions (PDF, 825 KB) have been published.

23 September 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

23 September 2021

Preliminary Meeting Part 2 Thursday 23 September

The Examining Authority (ExA) has considered the comments and representations made at Procedural Deadline B, and has decided that there are no procedural matters which need to be explored orally. As a result, in accordance with paragraph 7.5 of the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.6 (Virtual Events), the ExA does not consider there is a need to reconvene the meeting and will instead formally close the meeting through a written Procedural Decision sent to all Interested Parties on 23 September 2021.

This means that a virtual meeting (PM Part 2) will no longer be held on that date and following the written close of the meeting, the Examination will start.

20 September 2021

The recording of Part 1 of the Preliminary Meeting on Monday 13 September 2021 has been published.

Written Submissions on the matters raised and requests to be heard at the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 can be made via the Make A Submission tab by Procedural Deadline B (Friday 17 September 2021).

14 September 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate at the Preliminary Meeting Part 1 (PM1) have been sent.

A Livestream of PM1 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that PM1 will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00am on Monday 13 September 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

10 September 2021

The submissions to Procedural Deadline A have been published.

07 September 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.

20 August 2021
Relevant representations published on the website
12 July 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
07 July 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
27 May 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

28 April 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
28 April 2021

The application documents have been published.

The documents have been published to help you become familiar with the proposal. There is no opportunity to make comments on the application at this stage.

If the application is accepted you will be able to register and express your views during the Relevant Representation stage and the subsequent Examination. Further detail on this process is provided in Advice Note 8.2 (PDF, 1.4MB).

16 April 2021

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

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. Further detail on this process is provided in Advice Note 8.2.

08 April 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
31 March 2021