A1 Birtley to Coal House Improvement Scheme

This page sets out the timetable for the examination of the application. It includes the deadlines for submissions to be made to the Planning Inspectorate and the dates of events taking place during the Examination. The Examination Timetable is also set out in an annex to the Rule 8 letter that was sent to Interested Parties at the start of the Examination.

Event DateDescription
 Date Passed
21 January 2020
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
21 January 2020
Issue Specific Hearing on the draft DCO (ISH1)
Issue Specific Hearing on the draft DCO (ISH1)
 Date Passed
28 January 2020
Issue by the ExA of:

• Examination Timetable

Publication of:

• The ExA’s Written Questions
 Date Passed
04 February 2020
Deadline 1 (D1)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on updated application documents
• Comments on Relevant Representations (RRs)
• Summaries of all RRs exceeding 1500 words
• Written Representations (WRs)
• Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
• Post Hearing submissions including written submissions of oral case made at ISH1
• Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish to be considered as an IP by the ExA
• Applicant’s draft itinerary for Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI)
• Suggested locations for site inspections, and justification, for consideration by the ExA
• Notification of wish to speak at an Open Floor Hearing (OFH)
• Notification of wish to make oral representations at an Issue Specific Hearing (ISH)
• Notification of wish to speak at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH)
• Notification of wish to have future correspondence received electronically
• Comments on any additional information/ submissions received
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
25 February 2020
Deadline 2 (D2)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on WRs
• Local Impact Reports (LIRs)
• Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) requested by the ExA
• Statement of Commonality of SoCG
• Responses to the ExA’s Written Questions
• Applicant’s first revised draft DCO
• Responses to comments on RRs
• Comments on draft itinerary for ASI and suggested locations for site inspections
• Comments on any additional information/ submissions received by D1
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
02 March 2020
Deadline 2A (D2A)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written submissions from specific parties as specified in the ExA’s letter to specific parties dated 6 February 2020
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
10 March 2020
Deadline 3 (D3)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on LIRs
• Comments on SoCG
• Comments on responses to the ExA’s Written Questions
• Comments on Applicant’s first revised draft DCO
• Notification of wish to attend an ASI
• Comments on any additional information/ submissions received by D2
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
16 March 2020
Deadline 3A (D3A)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on submissions by specific parties received at D2A
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
31 March 2020
Accompanied Site Inspection - Postponed
Date reserved for Accompanied Site Inspection (if required)- Postponed
 Date Passed
31 March 2020
Open Floor Hearing (OFH1) - Postponed
Date reserved for Open Floor Hearing (OFH1) (if required)- Postponed
 Date Passed
01 April 2020
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) - Postponed
Date reserved to hold an Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) (if required)- Postponed
 Date Passed
02 April 2020
Issue Specific Hearing on the draft DCO (ISH3) - Postponed
Date reserved to hold an Issue Specific Hearing on the draft DCO (ISH3) (if required)- Postponed
 Date Passed
03 April 2020
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) - Postponed
Date reserved for Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) (if required)- Postponed
 Date Passed
06 April 2020
Publication of;
Publication of:

• The ExA’s second Written Questions
 Date Passed
20 April 2020
Deadline 4 (D4)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to the ExA’s second Written Questions
• Written submissions on matters parties had intended raising at the postponed Hearings
• Any revised/updated SoCG
• Applicant’s revised draft DCO (if required)
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
01 May 2020
Deadline 5
Deadline 5 (D5)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on any responses to the ExA’s second Written Questions
• Comments on any revised/updated SoCG (if any)
• Comments on Applicant’s revised draft DCO (if any)
• Comments on any additional information/ submissions received by D4
Responses to any further information requested by the ExA for this deadline
 Date Passed
07 May 2020
Publication by the ExA of:

• A request for representations on the use of teleconferencing and/or video conferencing technologies for Hearings and for representations on whether matters should be addressed in Hearings or in written submissions

Responses to be submitted via the Remote Hearings Questionnaire
 Date Passed
19 May 2020
Deadline 6 (D6)
Deadline 6 (D6)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to the Remote Hearings Questionnaire
• Comments on any additional information/submissions received by D5
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 for this deadline
 Date Passed
26 May 2020
Publication by the ExA of
Publication by the ExA of:

• The ExA’s third Written Questions (if required)
 Date Passed
02 June 2020
Deadline 7 (D7)
Deadline 7 (D7)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Representations on the Applicant’s changes to the application received at D4
• Comments on any additional information/submissions received by D6
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 for this deadline
 Date Passed
09 June 2020
Deadline 8 (D8)
Deadline 8 (D8)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to ExA’s third Written Questions (if required)
• Updated Statements of Common Ground
• Responses to the request for notification of a wish to speak at Hearings and/or to access a recording and, if available, a streamed broadcast of Hearings
• Comments on any additional information/submissions received by D7
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 for this deadline
 Date Passed
16 June 2020
Publication by the ExA of ;
Publication by the ExA of:

• Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (if required)
• The ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the draft DCO (if required)
 Date Passed
22 June 2020
Time reserved for Hearings
Time reserved for Hearings:

• Open Floor Hearing (if required)
• Issue Specific Hearing(s) (if required)
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (if required)
 Date Passed
30 June 2020
Additional time reserved for Hearings
Additional time reserved for Hearings:

• Open Floor Hearing (if required)
• Issue Specific Hearing(s) (if required)
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (if required)
 Date Passed
06 July 2020
Issue of ExA’s written questions (if required)
 Date Passed
08 July 2020
Deadline 9 (D9)
Deadline 9 (D9)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written summaries of oral contributions at Hearings
• Post-Hearing submissions requested by the ExA (if required)
• Comments on the RIES (if required)
• Comments on the ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the draft DCO (if required)
• Comments on any additional information/submissions received by D8
• Comments on additional Relevant Representations
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 for this deadline
 Date Passed
13 July 2020
Deadline 10 (D10)
Deadline 10 (D10)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Additional Written Representations
• Responses to ExA's written questions (if required)
 Date Passed
13 July 2020
Time Reserved for Hearings (If required)
Time reserved for Hearings (if required)

• Open Floor Hearing (if required)
 Date Passed
14 July 2020
Additional time reserved for Hearings (if required)
Additional time reserved for Hearings (if required)


• Issue Specific Hearing(s) (if required)
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (if required)
 Date Passed
16 July 2020
Accompanied Site Inspection

Dates reserved for Accompanied Site Inspection (if required)
 Date Passed
17 July 2020
Deadline 11 (D11)
Deadline 11 (D11)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written summaries of oral contributions at Hearings (if required)
• Post-Hearing submissions requested by the ExA (if required)
• Comments on additional Written Representations
• Comments on responses to ExA’s written questions (if required)
• Responses to comments on the RIES (if required)
• Responses to comments on the ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the draft DCO (if required)
• Final DCO to be submitted by the Applicant in the SI template with the SI template validation report
• Final updated Book of Reference
• Final SoCG
• Final Statement of Commonality of SoCG
• Final Compulsory Acquisition Schedule
• Final updated Guide to the Application
• Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 for this deadline
 Date Passed
21 July 2020
The ExA is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of 6 months beginning with the day after the close of the Preliminary Meeting.
 Date Passed
21 July 2020
Examination closed