A1 Birtley to Coal House Improvement Scheme

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

21/07/2020 - Deadline for close of examination, Examination ends

21/10/2020 - Deadline for Planning Inspectorate to submit recommendation. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

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 (24 items)

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IMPORTANT: Please note the Accompanied Site Inspection and Hearings due to be held w/c 30 March 2020 have been postponed in light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Examining Authority has consequently issued a Procedural Decision making an amendment to the Examination Timetable including notice of an additional set of Written Questions and an opportunity for further written submissions in lieu of the Hearings

25 March 2020
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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.

25 March 2020
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IMPORTANT: Please note the Accompanied Site Inspection and Hearings due to be held w/c 30 March 2020 have been postponed in light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are not yet in a position to identify a revised timetable as this will depend on the ongoing situation.

Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

18 March 2020
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The  Deadline 3a Submissions have been published.

IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), if you are planning to attend the Accompanied Site Inspection and/or the Hearings w/c 30 March 2020 please check this website regularly and before travelling to the event.

If there are any changes or cancellations required to the Accompanied Site Inspection and/or the Hearings this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

18 March 2020
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IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), if you are planning to attend the Accompanied Site Inspection and/or the Hearings w/c 30 March 2020 please check this website regularly and before travelling to the event.

If there are any changes or cancellations required to the Accompanied Site Inspection and/or the Hearings this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

13 March 2020
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The Deadline 3 Submissions have been published.

11 March 2020
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The Deadline 2a Submissions have been published.

09 March 2020
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The Hearing Notification letter has now been published.

03 March 2020
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The Deadline 2 Submissions have now been published.

28 February 2020
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

28 January 2020
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
21 January 2020
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The following documents have been published in advance of the Preliminary Meeting : Applicant’s responses to the post-acceptance s51 advice and the Applicants document providing details of changes to be requested to the Application.

16 January 2020
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The agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing on 21 January 2020 has been published.

15 January 2020
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The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on the 27th and 28th of November. A note of the inspection has been published and added to the examination library.

17 December 2019
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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.

10 December 2019
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The Relevant Representations and Additional Submissions accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority, including updated application documents, have been published.

27 November 2019
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Relevant representations published on the website
22 November 2019
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Registration of interested parties closes
14 November 2019
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Registration of interested parties begins
03 October 2019
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The application has been accepted for examination

10 September 2019
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
10 September 2019
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
14 August 2019