A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Scheme

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Scheme was taken on 28 August 2014 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (26 items)

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
28 August 2014
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The Examining Authority issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on 2 June 2014. A decision will be published within 3 months. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

03 June 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
02 June 2014
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The examination has closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Notification of completion of the Examining Authority’s examination has been published.

04 March 2014
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28 February 2014 – Final date for:
– any responses to comments made by 17 February 2014
– any written summary of the oral cases put at any further hearings and for the outstanding documentation to be taken account of by the Examining Authority (Rule 8 (1)(k)

24 February 2014
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17 February 2014, deadline for reciept by the ExA of:
– any comment on representations made in relation to Draft National Networks NPS and National Infrastrusture Plan 2013 and final deadline for comment on any documentation submitted after 29 November 2013.
– any submissions requesting a hearing on 20 February 2014.
-any comments on Department of Transports press notice ‘road and rail projects to boost local and regional transport’.
– Highways Agency response to National Grid’s submission of 17 January 2014.
– any comments on the documents submitted or published by 24 January 2014.
– responses to request for further information issued on 31 January 2014 (Rule 17).

13 February 2014
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7 February 2014
Deadline for receipt by the ExA of response to request for further information from the Highways Agency on:
-its position in relation to the applicability of the Compulsory Acquisition regulations to the extra land it seeks to include in the Development Consent Order

See all deadlines
05 February 2014
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The following submissions are invited for the deadline of 17 February:
– any comment on representations made in relation to Draft National Networks NPS and National Infrastructure Plan 2013 and final deadline for comment on any documentation submitted after 29 November 2013
– any submissions requesting a hearing on 20 February 2014
-any comments on Department of Transports press notice ‘road and rail projects to boost local and regional transport

See the examination timetable for a list of all examination deadlines

28 January 2014
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24 January 2014 Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

– any responses to representations made in relation to Draft National Networks NPS and National Infrastructure Plan 2013
– any proposed amendments to the draft DCO, requirements and s106 undertakings (Rule 8(1)(k))
– any written summary of the oral cases put at the IS, CA or OF hearings (Rule 8(1)(k))
– any outstanding responses to requests for information
– any outstanding documentation and information requested in the ExA’s second round of written questions
– any outstanding documentation and information arising out of the hearings if not previously received
– any amended application documentation

17 January 2014
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17 January 2014 Deadline for receipt by ExA of:

– Any proposed amendments to the draft DCO, requirements and s106 undertakings (Rule 8(1)(k))
– Any written summary of the oral cases put at the IS, CA or OF hearings (Rule 8(1)(k))

13 January 2014
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03 December 2013
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29 November 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the ExA of responses to the second round of questions and responses to the draft Report on the Integrity of European Protected Sites (RIES).

07 November 2013
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07 November 2013 – Issue of 2nd ExA written questions and a draft Report on the Integrity of European Protected Sites (RIES)

04 November 2013
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Friday 1st November – Deadline for receipt by the Examining Authority of:
– Comments on written representations and responses to comments on relevant representations (Rule 8(1)(c) and (d) and Rule 10(5))
– Comments on local Impact report (Rule 8(1)(j))
– Comments on responses to Examining Authority’s first written questions (Rule 8(c)(ii) and(d)(ii))
– Responses from A556 Lobby Group and Mere Residents Association to Examining Authority’s letter of 18 October 2013

28 October 2013
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18 October 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

12 September 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
03 September 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

24 July 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
12 July 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
04 July 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
06 June 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

17 May 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
17 May 2013
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
24 April 2013