A47 Blofield to North Burlingham

What happens next

Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly.

The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting.

Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to 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 (15 items)

The Rule 6 letter (PDF, 602KB) notifying of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) has been issued. This letter includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable and other related matters.

Part 1 of the Preliminary Meeting will be held on 8 June 2021. Invitations to this meeting have been sent to Interested Parties.

The Examining Authority’s (ExA) Written Questions (ExQ1) (PDF, 707KB) have also been published. Although Interested Parties have the opportunity to respond to any of the ExA’s questions, specific questions have been addressed to:

The Applicant
Broadland District Council
Environment Agency
Historic England
Natural England
Norfolk County Council

27 April 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.

27 April 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept the following documents from the Applicant as Additional Submissions:

4.3 Book of Reference Rev 1 – Clean (PDF, 5 MB)
4.3 Book of Reference Rev 1 – Tracked (PDF, 6 MB)

The following representations have also been accepted as Additional Submissions:

Highways England on behalf of Norfolk Constabulary (PDF, 616 KB)
Transport Action Network (PDF, 199 KB)
The Coal Authority (PDF, 92 KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 509 KB) has been updated to include these submissions as well as the recently published suite of Relevant Representations.

The note of the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Inspection (PDF, 112 KB) on 19 and 20 April 2021 has also been published.

22 April 2021
Relevant representations published on the website
20 April 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
06 April 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept further documents submitted by the Applicant in response to its Procedural Decision dated 2 February 2021 as Additional Submissions:

Cover Letter (PDF, 22 KB)
6.9 Report to inform Habitats Regulations Assessment Rev 1 – Clean (PDF, 18 MB)
6.9 Report to Inform Habitats Regulations Assessment Rev 1 – Tracked (PDF, 40 MB)
7.7 Environmental Management Plan Rev 1 – Clean (PDF, 12 MB)
7.7 Environmental Management Plan Rev 1 – Tracked (PDF, 23 MB)
7.8 Outline Traffic Management Plan Rev 1 (PDF, 14 MB)

23 March 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
25 February 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept the following documents submitted by the Applicant in response to its Procedural Decision dated 2 February 2021 as Additional Submissions:

Cover Letter (PDF, 32 KB)
1.1 Introduction to the Application (PDF, 265 KB)
2.8 Crown Land Plans (PDF, 3 MB)
6.1 Environmental Statement Chapter 14 – Climate (PDF, 252 KB)
6.2 Environmental Statement Appendices Appendix 4.1 – Scoping Opinion Responses (PDF, 179 KB)

08 February 2021

The Examining Authority has made a Procedural Decision to request information from the Applicant (PDF, 205 KB).

02 February 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

27 January 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
27 January 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.

18 January 2021

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 30 December 2020.

The Applicant has requested that all application documents 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. 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.

31 December 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
30 December 2020