AQUIND Interconnector

What happens next

Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly.

The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting.

Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to discuss procedural matters only, and is held in public. It is not essential to attend the Preliminary Meeting. Whether or not an Interested Party chooses to attend the Preliminary Meeting, they will still be sent details of how to further take part in the Examination.

The Procedural Decision made after the Preliminary Meeting will be published on our website and will also be available on request from [email protected] and our helpline: 0303 444 5000. Importantly, this Procedural Decision will set the timetable for the Examination. The Examination Timetable will, amongst other things, set deadlines for receipt of detailed Written Representations and for comments on the Relevant Representations made by other Interested Parties.

If you are an Interested Party, either because you are one of the specific bodies cited in s102 of the Planning Act 2008 or have submitted a Relevant Representation, you will receive notifications about the Examination and a copy of the Secretary of State’s decision on the application once that is made.

If you have a legal interest in land affected by a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and:

  • have not been identified by the Applicant; and
  • did not register to become an Interested Party;

then you can make a request to the Examining Authority to become an Interested Party under s102A of the Planning Act 2008.

Timeline (12 items)

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In light of Government advice relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Examining Authority (ExA) has issued a Procedural Decision to postpone the Preliminary Meeting (PM) in order to avoid non-essential travel and large gatherings. The PM that was scheduled to be held on Wednesday 22 April 2020 at the Village Hotel in Cosham, Portsmouth will now not take place on that day.

Additionally, the ExA has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). 

The Procedural Decision, and MMO Additional Submission, have been added to the Examination Library.

26 March 2020
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IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

25 March 2020
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The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and Wednesday 26 February 2020. These will be added to the Examination Library shortly.

IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), if you are planning to attend the Preliminary Meeting Wednesday 22 April 2020 please check this website, and that of the venue (The Village Hotel, Portsmouth) regularly and before travelling to the event. If there are any changes or cancellations required to the Preliminary Meeting this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

16 March 2020
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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.

05 March 2020
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The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and Wednesday 26 February 2020. These will be added to the Examination Library shortly.

02 March 2020
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Relevant representations published on the website
27 February 2020
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Registration of interested parties closes
19 February 2020
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Registration of interested parties begins
02 January 2020
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The application has been accepted for examination

12 December 2019
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
12 December 2019
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This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 14 November 2019.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see DCLG pre-application).

15 November 2019
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
14 November 2019