Whitemoss Landfill Western Extension

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Whitemoss Landfill Western Extension was taken on 21 May 2015 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 Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (23 items)

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The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:

Decision Documentation

Secretary of State’s Decision Letter and Statement of Reasons
Development Consent Order as made by the Secretary of State

Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report

Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report

Other Documentation

Correspondence received after the close of the examination

Costs Decision

Decision on an application for Costs

21 May 2015
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
21 May 2015
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
21 February 2015
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The Examining Authority completed its examination of this application at 11.59pm on 21 November 2014. The panel will now report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on or before 21 February 2015, who is expected to make a decision on or before 21 May 2015.

That decision and the panel’s report will be published on this website when a decision is made. The panel have asked us to thank all those who participated in the examination.

26 November 2014
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The Examining Authority has issued a draft DCO, a comparison of that DCO against the draft DCO submitted by the applicant on 30 October 2014, and a schedule of comments. Any comments from interested parties on the Examining Authority’s Draft DCO should be submitted by 17 November 2014.

12 November 2014
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04 November 2014
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03 September 2014
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The Examining Authority has issued a second round of written questions.

24 July 2014
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The Examining Authority has sent an important letter to interested parties, amending the timetable for the examination.

The site visit due to take place on 15 July, and the hearings due to take place at the West Lancashire Investment Centre have been cancelled. (The open floor hearings due to take place at the Digmoor Community Centre, Birleywood, on 17 and 18 July have not been cancelled)

The Secretary of State has also decided to appoint two further Inspectors to the Examining Authority, which is now a panel of three. Philip Asquith and Robert Macey will join Wendy Burden in examining this application.

09 July 2014
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30 June 2014
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

30 May 2014
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At the Preliminary Meeting held on 21 May 2014, submissions were made about consultation carried out by the applicant, and the Examining Authority invited the applicant to respond to these submissions in writing. This written response was received Friday 23 May 2014 and has been published.

The Examining Authority has set a deadline for comments on the applicants submission by no later than 1200pm on Wednesday 28 May 2014 in advance of issuing the Rule 8 letter shortly after that.

23 May 2014
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
21 May 2014
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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.

22 April 2014
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Relevant representations published on the website
20 March 2014
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Registration of interested parties closes
28 February 2014
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Drop in events in Skelmersdale
Join Planning Inspectorate staff in Skelmersdale on 17 & 18 February to find out about the application process. See the poster for locations and times.

10 February 2014
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Registration of interested parties begins
21 January 2014
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The application has been accepted for examination

17 January 2014
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
17 January 2014
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
20 December 2013