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 (22 items)
The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions in direct response to questions and on procedural matters from:
- East Anglia ONE North Limited
- Marine Management Organisation
- Natural England
- East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.
These documents have been added to the Examination Library.
Please note that the Examination has not yet started so, whilst the ExA is interested in your views about how the Examination could be run, it cannot consider any submissions about the planning merits of the application. Those must be made later, during the Examination itself. As the ExA has not called for any written submissions other than responses to the questionnaire and procedural matters, it will not accept, consider or publish any written submissions that address the planning merits of the application.
Thank you to those who have responded to the questionnaire on virtual events.
The Examining Authority is now considering the responses, along with any wider submissions which have been made, and will respond within the Rule 6 letter in due course.
Please remember that there is a deadline this Thursday 11 June for the following:
• Responses to the questionnaire on how virtual hearings might be used to examine the application, to inform our thinking on the forthcoming examination to be submitted by 5pm
• Responses to procedural decisions for the submission of early drafts of Statements of Common Ground (7.1) and Comments on Relevant Representations (11).
Please remember that all Interested Parties who may wish to participate in hearings should respond to the online questionnaire inviting representations on how virtual hearings might be held by 5pm on 11 June 2020.
The questionnaire provides an important opportunity for you to have your say on possible Examination procedures. Please use this opportunity now, as the questionnaire will not be available after the closing date.
Please note that the Examination has not yet started so, whilst the ExA is interested in your views about how the Examination could be run, it cannot consider any submissions about the planning merits of the application. Those must be made later, during the Examination itself so, as the ExA has not called for any written submissions other than responses to the questionnaire, it will not accept, consider or publish any other written submissions that address the planning merits of the application.
It is important that all Interested Parties who might wish to participate in hearings respond to the online questionnaire inviting representations on how virtual hearings might be held by 5pm on 11 June 2020. Responses to this questionnaire will help the Examining Authority develop hearings that meet public health requirements and Interested Parties’ needs.
The questionnaire is easy to complete on an internet connected device: computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
The Planning Inspectorate has sent postal notifications to Interested Parties for whom we have no email address: if they are unable to access the electronic version of the questionnaire they can contact the Case team on 0303 444 5000 for assistance with this between the hours of 9:00am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday.
The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural Decision in respect of draft submissions and inviting representations on how hearings might be held: these representations should be provided as responses to the online questionnaire, by 5pm 11 June 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions (version 1.0) document has also now been published.
Consistent with the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 May 2020, the Examining Authority is considering whether and how virtual events should proceed for this case, including the practical measures needed to ensure fair participation by all. An update will be provided as soon as one is available.
Meanwhile, in its letter postponing the Preliminary Meeting, the ExA urged the Applicant and Interested Parties to use time before the start of the Examination to press ahead with the work necessary to prepare Statements of Common Ground, using virtual working methods to replace meetings. It also encouraged the Applicant to prepare responses to Relevant Representations. This important work will assist the ExA greatly by making the Examination process clearer and simpler once a start is made.
In its letter postponing the Preliminary Meeting, the ExA urged the Applicant and Interested Parties to use time before the start of the Examination to press ahead with the work necessary to prepare Statements of Common Ground, using virtual working methods to replace meetings. It also encouraged the Applicant to prepare responses to Relevant Representations. This important work will assist the ExA greatly by making the Examination process clearer and simpler once a start is made.
In light of the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Panel postponed the Preliminary Meeting (PM) and first round of hearings. As part of the PM, there would have been discussions in respect of the draft examination timetable set out in the Rule 6 letter of 21 February 2020. These would have informed a subsequent Rule 8 letter setting out the final examination timetable.
For the avoidance of doubt, the provisional hearing dates and deadlines set out in the draft timetable do not stand; any submissions which are made, for example to the proposed Deadline 2 (Tuesday 28 April) inviting comments on Relevant Representations or the submission of Written Representations, will not be accepted. We therefore ask that, in order to avoid any unnecessary administrative burden, you do not make such submissions.
During this time we would encourage parties, where it is possible within the restrictions and your own personal safety and wellbeing, to continue to engage where necessary and to be preparing your position on the material published to date, including the application documents and Relevant Representations. We continue to work on processes which will enable the examinations to commence and encourage all parties to monitor our website for the wider Inspectorate position
Responses to the Rule 6 and other Additional Submissions have been published.
IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).
Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.
Please note the Preliminary Meeting and Hearings due to be held 24 – 26 March 2020 have been postponed in light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please see the Examining Authority’s (ExA’s) procedural decision to postpone the Preliminary Meeting (PM) and Hearings for further information.
We are not yet in a position to identify a revised timeline. Updates will be announced shortly
IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), if you are planning to attend the Preliminary Meeting and Hearings w/c 23 March 2020 please check this website, and that of the venue (Snape Maltings), regularly and before travelling to the events. If there are any changes or cancellations required to the Preliminary Meeting or Hearings this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.
Agendas for the March 2020 Hearings have been published.
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.
You can now register as an Interested PartyRegister online
If you wish to have your say on East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two you must register for each application separately.
If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the helpline on: 0303 444 5000 to request a paper form. For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
The application has been accepted for examination
- Application expected from applicant
- Application received by the Planning Inspectorate