A1 in Northumberland – Morpeth to Ellingham

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.

05/07/2021 - Deadline for close of examination. 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 (52 items)

13 April 2021

The Examining Authority (ExA) has issued a letter providing details of Procedural Decisions taken as well as changes to the Examination Timetable (PDF, 334 KB) in view of the Applicant’s intention to make changes to its application. A Revised Examination Timetable is provided at Annex A.

The ExA’s Proposed Provision Checklist (PDF, 191 KB) has also been published.

09 April 2021

The Deadline 5 submissions have been published.

07 April 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Request for Further Information – Rule 17 to The Applicant and the Environment Agency. (PDF, 128KB) The ExA requires responses on Deadline 5, 1 April 2021.

30 March 2021

A Rule 13 letter (PDF, 152 KB) providing details of Procedural Decisions made by the Examining Authority and notification of Hearings that will be held during the week commencing 19 April 2021 has been published.

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (ExQ2) (PDF, 447 KB) have now been published.

Responses are due by Deadline 5: 1 April 2021.

22 March 2021

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (ExQ2) (PDF, 447 KB) have now been published.

Responses are due by Deadline 5: 1 April 2021.

19 March 2021

The Deadline 4 submissions have been published.

16 March 2021

The Action Points following the Open Floor, Issue Specific and Compulsory Acquisition Hearings held between 22 and 26 February 2021 (PDF, 93KB) have been published.

01 March 2021

The video recordings and transcripts from Issue Specific Hearing 2 (Day 2 of 2) have now been published.

01 March 2021

The video recordings and transcripts from Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 and Issue Specific Hearing 2 (Day 1 of 2) have now been published.

26 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) have been sent.

The Livestream of ISH2 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that ISH2 (Day 2 of 2) will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00am on Friday 26 February 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The video recordings and transcripts from Issue Specific Hearing 1 have now been published.

25 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) have been sent.

The Livestream of ISH2 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Please note that ISH2 will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00am on Thursday 25 February 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The video recordings and transcripts from Issue Specific Hearing 1 have now been published.

24 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) have been sent.

The Livestream of CAH1 is available for those wishing to observe in real time. Please note that CAH1 will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00am on Wednesday 24 February 2021.
If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The video recordings and transcripts from Open Floor Hearings 1 and 2 have now been published.

23 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing into the dDCO (ISH1) have been sent.

The Livestream of ISH1 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that ISH1 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 23 February 2021.

If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

23 February 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) and Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) have been sent.

The Livestream of OFH1 and OFH2 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that OFH1 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Monday 22 February 2021. OFH2 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 6.30pm on Monday 22 February 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

19 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Northern Powergrid Holdings Company (PDF, 543KB).

19 February 2021

The Deadline 3 submissions have been published.

16 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept a late submission for Deadline 2 (PDF, 147KB).

12 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Robin Duckett (PDF, 235KB).

12 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Brockthorpe Consultancy Ltd (PDF, 176KB).

09 February 2021

The Submissions for Deadline 2 have now been published.

03 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept an additional submission from Brockthorpe Consultancy (PDF 120KB).

01 February 2021

A Rule 17 Letter (PDF, 150 KB) has been issued to the Applicant by the Examining Authority. Any parties wishing to provide a response to any points within this letter can do so by Deadline 2 (Friday 29 January 2021).

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept a late submission for Deadline 1.

26 January 2021

Deadline 1 submissions have been published.

14 January 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

06 January 2021

The recording from the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 has been published: Preliminary Meeting Part 2 – 05 January 2021.

05 January 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised it’s discretion to accept West End Anglers Club’s statement concerning the Applicant’s proposed changes (PDF, 77 KB) as an additional submission.

05 January 2021
Examination begins
05 January 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent.

The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 5 January 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

04 January 2021

Responses to Procedural Deadline B have been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

23 December 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Natural England’s statement concerning the Applicant’s proposed changes (PDF, 222 KB) as an Additional Submission.

Please note that this documentation does not indicate that the change has been accepted by the Examining Authority.

23 December 2020

The recording from the Preliminary Meeting Part 1 has been published:

Preliminary Meeting Part 1 Session 1 – 15 December 2020 and Preliminary Meeting Part 1 Session 2 – 15 December 2020

16 December 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept a Summary of Proposed Changes to Application Version 2 (PDF, 14 MB)  and a Summary of Proposed Changes to Application Version 2 (tracked changes) (PDF, MB) as additional submissions from the Applicant.

Please note that this documentation does not indicate that the change has been accepted by the Examining Authority.

16 December 2020
Preliminary Meeting takes place
15 December 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent.

The Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 15 December 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (22 December 2020).

14 December 2020

The responses to Procedural Deadline A have now been published and include a notification of intention to make a change request from the Applicant. Please note that the letter, or supporting documentation relating to the change does not indicate that the change has been accepted by the ExA.

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) Part 1 will be issued shortly. The Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Tuesday 15 December 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

11 December 2020

The Examining Authority (ExA) has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from Last Mile Gas Limited, Last Mile Electricity Limited, Energy Assets Pipelines Limited, Energy Assets Networks Limited, Energy Assets Power Networks Limited and Energy Assets Fibre Networks Limited stating that they have no assets in the area of the Proposed Development.

26 November 2020

The Rule 6 letter (PDF, 667KB) notifying of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) has been issued.
This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable and other related matters.

Part 1 of the Preliminary Meeting will be held on 15 December 2020. Invitations to this meeting have been sent to Interested Parties.

The ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1) (PDF, 758KB) have also been published.

19 November 2020

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.

19 November 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
06 November 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a Progress Note (PDF, 109KB) to update Interested Persons on its latest position and to request further information from all Interested Parties, in the form of a Questionnaire, to help seek views on the way in which the application should be examined.

The deadline for questionnaire responses is 16 November 2020

03 November 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
30 October 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
17 September 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant in response to the s55 checklist issued 4 August 2020 and the Procedural Decision dated 5 August 2020.

16 September 2020

Site Availability

This site will be unavailable between 18:00 and 20:00 on Monday 14 September 2020 whilst maintenance work is carried out.

14 September 2020

A Procedural Decision has been published requesting additional and updated evidence from the Applicant.

05 August 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

04 August 2020
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
04 August 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
07 July 2020