Kings Lynn B Connection Project

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Kings Lynn B Connection Project was taken on 18 December 2013 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all Interested Parties accompanying the Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (30 items)

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The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application.

For further information, please refer to the following decision documentation:

Secretary of State Decision Letter
Development Consent Order as made by the Secretary of State
Examining Authority’s report to the Secretary of State
Planning Inspectorate notification of decision letter

18 December 2013
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
18 December 2013
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The Examining Authority has issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State. A decision will be published on or before 10 January 2014. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

10 October 2013
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
10 October 2013
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The examination has now closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. See letter sent to interested parties.

10 July 2013
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Examination ends

10 July 2013
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09 July 2013
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Responses to the Examining Authority’s Fourth Written Questions have been published (deadline of 21 June 2013)

24 June 2013
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A letter has been issued from the Examining Authority about a minor variation made to the examination timetable, giving interested parties an opportunity to comment on a late response from English Heritage.

21 June 2013
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Comments on the further revised draft development consent order and all comments on responses to the Examining Authority’s third round of written questions have been published.

17 June 2013
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter that includes:
– Fourth round of Examining Authority questions
– Variation to the remainder of the examination timetable
– A note of unaccompanied site visits undertaken during June 2013

14 June 2013
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The Examining Authority has received written confirmation that Network Rail has agreed terms with the Applicant; and the Applicant has decided to withdraw its Section 127 Certificate application. The relevant correspondence may be found on the project documents page within the tab marked ‘Section 127 Application’.

23 May 2013
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter that includes:
– Variation to the remainder of the examination timetable
– Notification of the dates, times and places of hearings
– A note of unaccompanied site visits undertaken during April 2013
– Third round of Examining Authority questions

03 May 2013
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The Examining Authority has published a Report on the Implications for European Sites and a letter to interested parties.

Interested Parties are invited to submit any comments they may have on this document by Tuesday 28 May 2013.

17 April 2013
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An agenda for the hearings taking place on 10, 12 & 23 April has been published.

04 April 2013
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A Rule 13 notification of hearings, including the Examining authority’s Second Written Questions has been issued to interested parties.

08 March 2013
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A letter has been issued providing further details of the accompanied site visit to attending interested parties.

25 February 2013
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The Examining Authority has sent a letter regarding information about accompanied site visit.

25 January 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

18 January 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
11 January 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

03 December 2012
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Relevant representations published on the website
24 October 2012
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Registration of interested parties closes
12 October 2012
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Registration of interested parties begins
04 September 2012
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The application has been accepted for examination

21 August 2012
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
21 August 2012
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
27 July 2012