Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR)

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) was taken on 02 June 2015 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 statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (21 items)

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The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application. Please refer to the following decision documents:

Secretary of State’s decision letter

Development Consent Order

Examining Authority’s Report

Examining Authority RIES and recommended DCO

Notice of the decision

Correspondence received

02 June 2015
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
02 June 2015
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
02 March 2015
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The Examining Authority have published a letter outlining further changes to the examination timetable. It has also published a version of the draft Development Consent Order, on which comment is sought. The ExA have also made a number of requests for further information from the applicant.

05 November 2014
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The Examining Authority (ExA) have issued a letter in response to a number of proposed changes to the scheme, explaining how they intend to examine these changes and consequent changes to the examination timetable.

The ExA have also published their Report on the Implications for European Sites on which comments are requested by Monday 3 November 2014. Attention is also drawn to the draft Development Consent Order and other material recently submitted by the applicant, on which comment is also requested for Monday 3 November 2014.

10 October 2014
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On 22 September 2014 Norfolk County Council submitted to the Secretary of State a compulsory acquisition request in respect of additional land in accordance with Regulation 5 of the Infrastructure Planning (Compulsory Acquisition) Regulations 2010. The compulsory acquisition of additional land is required in order to provide a 4 arm roundabout at the C261 Reepham Road junction with the C282 Drayton Lane in the parishes of Drayton and Horsford.

The Examining Authority on behalf of the Secretary of State has decided to accept the proposed provision.

You now have the opportunity to make a representation on the proposed changes. By completing a relevant representation you will automatically become an additional interested party in the examination of application. Your representation should be made on a relevant representation form.

Representations should relate to the proposed provision only. You can request a hard copy of the relevant representation form by contacting the Planning Inspectorate case team on 0303 444 5000. Forms must be completed and returned to the Planning Inspectorate no later than 3 November 2014.

Existing interested parties may make an additional relevant representation on the proposed provision, but there will be further opportunity to comment on proposed changes later in the examination without the need to re-register.

25 September 2014
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Agendas for the Issue Specific Hearings have now been published:

Need; traffic forecasts; value for money – Tuesday 16 September 2014

Alternative options and alignments; impacts – Wednesday 17 September 2014

Western termination; minor changes – Thursday 18 September 2014

Draft Development Consent Order – Friday 19 September 2014

Interested Parties are reminded that if they wish to attend the compulsory acquisition hearings between Tuesday 30 September and Friday 3 October 2014, they notify the Planning Inspectorate as soon as possible. Further information can be found in the Rule 13 Letter of 15 August 2014.

11 September 2014
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The Examining Authority has published a letter regarding the acceptance of non-material amendments to the application. An agenda for the Development Consent Order hearing of 24 July 2014 is also provided, as is an indication of the topics likely to be subject to issue specific hearings of 16-19 September 2014.

16 July 2014
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

25 June 2014
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Following the Preliminary Meeting, the Secretary of State is now considering whether this application should now be handled by a panel of examining inspectors. Therefore it is not yet possible to publish a Rule 8 letter, which would include the timetable for the examination. To minimise disruption, this notice of procedural decisions requests written representations and other material from interested parties. The Rule 8 letter, including the timetable, will be published by the end of June 2014.

Read the related letter

06 June 2014
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
02 June 2014
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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.

08 May 2014
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Relevant representations published on the website
28 March 2014
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Registration of interested parties closes
23 March 2014
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Drop in event in Norwich
Join Planning Inspectorate staff in Norwich on 24 February to find out about the application process. See the poster for locations and times.

17 February 2014
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Registration of interested parties begins
14 February 2014
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The application has been accepted for examination

04 February 2014
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
04 February 2014
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
07 January 2014