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
14 September 2021
Procedural Deadline A


Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
- Written submissions on the Examination procedure including any submissions about the use of virtual procedures; and
- Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting Part 1
- Applicant’s draft Accompanied Site Inspection itinerary
 Date Passed
04 October 2021
Procedural Deadline B


Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
- Written submissions on Examination procedure including responses to matters raised orally at the Preliminary Meeting Part 1; and
- Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting Part 2
- Comments on the Applicant’s draft Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) itinerary
 Date Passed
07 October 2021
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
14 October 2021
Issue by the ExA of
Issue by the ExA of:

•Examination Timetable
•The ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1)
•The ExA's draft ASI itinerary
 Date Passed
19 October 2021
Deadline 1

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on Relevant Representations (RRs)
- Summaries of RRs exceeding 1500 words
- Written Representations (WRs)
- Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
- Local Impact Report(s) (LIR) from any local authority
- Initial Statements of Common Ground (SoCGs)
- Statement of Commonality of SoCGs
- Notification of wish to attend ASI
- Comments on ExA’s draft ASI itinerary
- Notification of wish to speak at Open Floor Hearing(in-person)
- Notification from any Affected Person of wish to speak at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH)
- Notification of wish make oral representations at an Issue Specific Hearing (ISH)
- Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish to be considered as an Interested Party by the ExA
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
 Date Passed
11 November 2021
Deadline 2

For receipt by the ExA of:

- Comments on Written Representations (WRs)
- Comments on Local Impact Reports (LIRs)
- Updated Application Guide
- Responses to ExA’s Written Questions
- Applicant’s Navigational Risk Assessment
- Applicant’s draft in-principle Habitats Regulations derogation case
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
 Date Passed
17 November 2021
Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI)
Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI)
 Date Passed
23 November 2021
Issue Specific Hearing on the draft Development Consent Order
Issue Specific Hearing on the draft Development Consent Order
 Date Passed
24 November 2021
Issue Specific Hearing on environmental matters (part 1)
Issue Specific Hearing on environmental matters (part 1)
 Date Passed
06 December 2021
Deadline 3

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Post hearing submissions including written summaries of oral case
- Comments on responses to ExA’s Written Questions
- Revised draft Development Consent Order (DCO)
- Updated Book of Reference
- Land negotiations tracker, including s127 Statutory Undertakers’ Land and Rights Schedule and s138 Statutory Undertakers’ Apparatus Schedule
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
13 December 2021
Deadline 4

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on revised draft DCO
- Updated Statement of Commonality of SoCGs
- Updated Application Guide
- Comments on draft in-principle Habitats Regulations derogation case
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
11 January 2022
Publication by the ExA
Publication by the ExA of:

• Second Written Questions (if required)
• ExA’s commentary on the draft DCO
 Date Passed
25 January 2022
Deadline 5

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Responses to Second Written Questions (if required)
- Responses to ExA’s commentary on the draft DCO
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
08 February 2022
Deadline 6

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on responses to Second Written Questions (if required)
- Revised draft DCO
- Updated Statement of Commonality of SoCGs
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
15 February 2022
Publication by the ExA of Third Written Questions
Publication by the ExA of Third Written Questions (ExQ3)
 Date Passed
24 February 2022
Publication by the ExA of Report on the Implications for European Sites
Publication by the ExA of Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES)
 Date Passed
01 March 2022
Deadline 7

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Responses to Third Written Questions
- Comments on revised draft DCO
- Comments on submissions received at Deadlines 5 and 6
- Outstanding Statements of Common Ground not submitted at Deadline 6
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
15 March 2022
Deadline 8

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on responses to Third Written Questions
- IPs' comments on Applicant's updated without prejudice derogation case
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
24 March 2022
Deadline 9

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Comments on the RIES
- Final DCO to be submitted by the Applicant in the SI template with the SI template validation report
- Tracked version of the Applicant’s final DCO
- Finalised schedule of changes to the dDCO
- Final updated Book of Reference
- Final SoCGs
- Final Statement of Commonality of SoCGs
- Final land negotiations tracker, including s127 Statutory Undertakers’ Land and Rights Schedule and s138 Statutory Undertakers’ Apparatus Schedule (clean and tracked)
- Updated Application Guide
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)
 Date Passed
07 April 2022
Deadline 10

For receipt by the ExA of:
- Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required)

The ExA is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of six months
 Date Passed
07 April 2022
Examination closed