A1 in Northumberland – Morpeth to Ellingham

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
10 December 2020
Procedural Deadline A

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written submissions on Examination procedure; and
• requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting Part 1.
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 Date Passed
22 December 2020
Procedural Deadline B

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written submissions on Examination procedure including submissions responding
to matters raised orally in the Preliminary Meeting Part 1; and
• requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting Part 2.
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 Date Passed
05 January 2021
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
06 January 2021
Publication by the ExA of:

• Examination Timetable
• ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1) (as originally issued 19 November 2020)
 Date Passed
12 January 2021
Deadline 1

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Responses to The ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1) issued on 19 November 2020
- Local Impact Reports (LIR) from Local Authorities
- Comments on Relevant Representations
- Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish to be considered as an Interested Party (IP) by the ExA
- Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) requested by the ExA
- Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- The Compulsory Acquisition Schedule
- Notification of wish to participate in Open Floor Hearings
- Notification of wish to participate in Issue Specific Hearings
- Notification of wish to participate in Compulsory Acquisition Hearings
- Notification of wish to attend Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI)
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 Date Passed
29 January 2021
Deadline 2

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Comments on responses for Deadline 1
- Comments on responses to ExQ1
- Written Representations (WRs) including summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
- Progressed SoCG
- Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated version of the draft Development Consent Order (dDCO) in
clean and tracked versions
- Schedule of changes to dDCO
- An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- Submission by Applicant of proposed locations of ASI
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
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 Date Passed
12 February 2021
Deadline 3

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 2
- Comments on LIR(s)
- Comments on WRs
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- Progressed Statement of Common Ground
- Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the
Examination Rules
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
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 Date Passed
22 February 2021
Open Floor Hearing 1
Open Floor Hearing (OFH1)
 Date Passed
22 February 2021
Open Floor Hearing 2
Open Floor Hearing (OFH2)
 Date Passed
23 February 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 1
Issue Specific Hearing into the dDCO (ISH1)
 Date Passed
24 February 2021
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1)
 Date Passed
25 February 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (Part 1)
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) - Part 1
 Date Passed
26 February 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (Part 2)
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) - Part 2
 Date Passed
02 March 2021
Hearings 1
Date reserved for any:
• Issue Specific Hearing (if required)
 Date Passed
12 March 2021
Deadline 4

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 3
- Written summaries of oral submissions to Hearings held during the week 22 February 2021
- Any post-Hearing notes requested at the Hearings
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated version of the dDCO in clean and tracked versions
- An updated Schedule of changes to the dDCO
- Comments on the Applicant’s draft ASI arrangements and itinerary
- An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- Progressed SoCG
- Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
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 Date Passed
19 March 2021
Publication by the ExA of:

• Further Written Questions (ExQ2) (if required)
• Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (if required)
 Date Passed
29 March 2021
Accompanied Site Inspections
Accompanied Site Inspections
 Date Passed
01 April 2021
Deadline 5

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Responses to ExQ2 (if required)
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 4
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated version of the dDCO in clean and tracked versions
- An updated Schedule of changes to dDCO
- An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- Progressed SoCG
- Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
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 Date Passed
16 April 2021
Deadline 5a

Deadline for receipt by  ExA  of: 
- Comments on responses submitted in response to the ExA’s Rule 17 letter of 30 March ([REP5-032] [REP5-044])
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 Date Passed
20 April 2021
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 (CAH2)
 Date Passed
21 April 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 3 Part 1
Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) - Part 1
 Date Passed
22 April 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 3 Part 2
Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3)- Part 2
 Date Passed
23 April 2021
Hearings 2
Hearings (Reserve Date)
 Date Passed
27 April 2021
Hearings 3
Date reserved for any:

•  Issue Specific Hearing (if required). 
 Date Passed
04 May 2021
Deadline 6

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 5
- Written summaries of oral submissions to Hearings held during the week
commencing 19 April 2021 and if held 27 April 2021
- Any post-Hearing notes requested at the Hearings
- Comments on the RIES (if required)
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated version of the dDCO in clean and tracked versions
- An updated Schedule of changes to dDCO
- An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- Progressed SoCG
- Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
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 Date Passed
11 May 2021
Deadline 7

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Responses to comments on the REIS (if required)
- Comment on responses submitted for Deadline 6
- Updated SoCG
- Update Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
- Documents and information requested by the ExA from the Applicant in the Procedural Decision dated 9 April 2021 following the Applicant’s submission of proposed changes at D4, namely hydraulic modelling and geomorphological information
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 Date Passed
11 May 2021
Publication by the ExA of:

• Further Written Questions (ExQ3) (if required)
• The ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the dDCO (if required)
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 Date Passed
20 May 2021
Deadline 7a

Deadline for receipt by ExA of: 
- Representations on the Applicant’s changes to the application received at D4
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 Date Passed
24 May 2021
Publication by the ExA of:

• Further Written Questions (ExQ4) (if required).
 Date Passed
25 May 2021
Deadline  8 

Deadline for receipt by ExA of: 
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 7
- Responses to ExQ3 (if required)
- Updated SoCG
- Updated Statement of Commonality for SoCG
- An updated Guide to the Application
- An updated Book of Reference 
- An updated Statement of Reasons
- Signed and dated s106 Agreements (if required)
- Comments on the ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the dDCO (if issued)
- An updated version of the dDCO in clean and tracked versions
- An updated Schedule of changes to dDCO
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR (if required)
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 Date Passed
04 June 2021
Deadline 8a

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
- Responses to ExQ4 (if required)
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 Date Passed
07 June 2021
Hearings 4
Dates reserved for any: 

• Issue Specific Hearing(s) (if required) 
• Open Floor Hearing(s) (if required) 
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing(s) (if required).
 Date Passed
14 June 2021
Hearings 5
Dates reserved for any: 

• Issue Specific Hearing(s) (if required)
• Open Floor Hearing(s) (if required)
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing(s) (if required).
 Date Passed
15 June 2021
Deadline 9

- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 8 and Deadline 8a
- Any post-Hearing notes requested at the Hearings
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR (if required)
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 Date Passed
29 June 2021
Deadline  10 

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 9
- Written summaries of oral submissions to Hearings held during the week commencing 7 and  14 June  2021 
- Any post-Hearing notes requested at the Hearings
- Finalised SoCG
- Finalised Statement of Commonality for SoCG 
- Finalised Statement of Compulsory Acquisition Schedule in clean and tracked versions
- A finalised Guide to the Application
- A finalised version of the dDCO in clean and tracked versions
- A finalised Schedule of changes to the dDCO
- Any further information requested by the ExA  under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
- Responses to any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR (if required)
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 Date Passed
02 July 2021
Deadline  11 

Deadline for receipt by ExA of: 
- Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 10
- Any further information requested by the  ExA (if required) under Rule 17 of the EPR (if required)
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 Date Passed
05 July 2021
Examination closed