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 statement of reasons.
If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.
Timeline (23 items)
The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:
Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report
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.
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.
Submissions for the deadline of 30 October 2014 have been published.
The Examining Authority has issued Notification of a Procedural decision, a hearing and requests for further information
Submissions for the deadline of 16 September 2014 have been published.
Submissions for the deadline of 2 September 2014 have been published.
The Examining Authority has issued a second round of written questions.
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.
Submissions for 26 June 2014 deadline have been published.
The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties
Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting
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.
- Preliminary Meeting takes place
- Examination begins
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.
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.