AQUIND Interconnector

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

08/03/2021 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

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 (45 items)

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8(3) letter (PDF 175KB) has been published, giving details of changes to the Examination Timetable and providing a corrected list of persons that have become Interested Parties.

This has been added to the Examination Library (PDF 2MB).

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Additional Land Application (PDF, 162KB) for examination, comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision by midnight Thursday 24 December 2020.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate to the Applicant’s application for Additional Land (PDF, 7MB) only; any submissions that are not in relation to the application for Additional Land, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

20 November 2020

Deadline 4 submissions have been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 932 KB).

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Additional Land Application (PDF, 162KB) for examination, comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision by midnight Thursday 24 December 2020.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate to the Applicant’s application for Additional Land (PDF, 7MB) only; any submissions that are not in relation to the application for Additional Land, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

19 November 2020

Following the Examining Authority’s (ExA) decision to accept the Additional Land Application (PDF, 162KB) for examination, comments are now invited on the Applicant’s proposed provision by midnight Thursday 24 December 2020.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate to the Applicant’s application for Additional Land (PDF, 7MB) only; any submissions that are not in relation to the application for Additional Land, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded. Comments submitted after the deadline will also be disregarded.

16 November 2020

The Examining Authority has made a Procedural Decision to accept the Applicant’s proposed changes to the scheme.

The Examining Authority has also confirmed that several persons have been granted Interested Party status under s102 of the Planning Act 2008.

Copies of the letters containing further information relating to the above can be found here:

The letters have been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 891KB).

11 November 2020

The Examining Authority has confirmed the Hearings that will be held during the week commencing 14 December 2020:

The letter to Interested Parties (PDF 307KB), and Agendas, have been added to the Examination Library.

09 November 2020

It has been necessary to publish updated agendas for some of the Hearings to be held during the week commencing 7 December 2020:

The agendas for Compulsory Acquisition Hearings 1 and 2 have not been amended.

06 November 2020

Deadline 3 submissions have now been published. A note of the Unaccompanied Site Inspection (PDF, 209 KB) undertaken on 4 November 2020 has also been published. These have been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 874 KB).

05 November 2020

The agendas for the Hearings due to take place during the week commencing 7 December 2020 have now been published:

These have been added to the Examination Library (PDF 773KB).

30 October 2020

The Examining Authority has today issued two requests for further information:

Both requests have been added to the Examination Library (PDF 771KB).

27 October 2020

The Applicant has written to Portsmouth City Council, Penny Mordaunt MP and the Eastney and Milton Allotment Holders Association Committee (PDF, 4MB) responding to concerns set out in recent submissions. The letters have been provided to the Planning Inspectorate, they have been accepted into the Examination as Additional Submissions and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 770KB).

23 October 2020

The Applicant has written to Penny Mordaunt MP and the Eastney and Milton Allotment Holders Association Committee (PDF, 665KB) responding to concerns set out in recent submissions. The letters have been provided to the Planning Inspectorate, they have been accepted into the Examination as Additional Submissions and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 852KB).

22 October 2020

Deadline 2 submissions have been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 851KB).

21 October 2020

The Examining Authority has exceptionally exercised its discretion to accept a large number of Deadline 1 submissions from people who have not registered as Interested Parties into the Examination. All such submissions received up to and including 12 October 2020 have been accepted and have been combined into a PDF Portfolio:

These have been added to the Examination Library. (PDF, 837 KB)

If you are unable to access these documents, please try downloading them and then opening.

16 October 2020

The Examining Authority has today written to the Applicant seeking further information (PDF, 179 KB) under Rule 17 of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010. This information is due by Deadline 3 (3 November 2020).

15 October 2020

Submissions received for Deadline 1 from the Applicant and Interested Parties have now been published.

Please note that we have received a high volume of submissions from non-registered parties. The Examining Authority is considering whether to exercise its discretion to accept them into the Examination. If accepted, they will be published as soon as possible.

09 October 2020

The Applicant has submitted low resolution versions of documents that have previously been submitted.

These have been accepted by the Examining Authority as Additional Submissions. The documents have been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 622 KB), and can be found beneath the original documents. For example, Land Plans (APP-008) now has the low resolution version with the reference number (APP-008(a)) beneath. The full list of low resolution documents can be found in the cover letter (PDF, 145 KB), which is Examination Library reference AS-046.

22 September 2020

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8 letter (PDF, 424kb) has been published, giving details of the Examination Timetable and other important information about the Examination.

15 September 2020

Read the letter

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

15 September 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) has been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF 538KB).

08 September 2020
  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
08 September 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the resumption of the Preliminary Meeting have been sent.

For those wishing to observe the resumption in real time, the event will be livestreamed. Please note that the link will become ’live’ at 10.00 on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

07 September 2020

Submissions for Procedural Deadline B have now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF 538kb).

02 September 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has been published and added to the Examination Library. (PDF 534kb) Any written responses to matters discussed during the Meeting can be submitted by Procedural Deadline B (Tuesday 1 September 2020)

18 August 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting have been sent. For those wishing to observe the Preliminary Meeting in real time, the event will be livestreamed.

Please note that the event will become ’live’ once it opens at 10.00 on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

We would remind those observing the Preliminary Meeting that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised there by Procedural Deadline B (1 September 2020).

18 August 2020

The Examining Authority would like to thank those who provided written submissions by Procedural Deadline A. These have been very helpful ahead of the Preliminary Meeting (PM), which will open at 10.00 on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

For those that have indicated a wish to speak on specific agenda items, instructions on how to join the meeting will be issued by email on Monday 17 August 2020.

For those that would like to view the PM in real time, the link to the livestream will be published on this project web page on Monday 17 August 2020.

Those participating or observing the PM should familiarise themselves with the replacement Rule 6 letter, dated 3 July 2020. It is particularly important to read Annex F, which provides an introduction to the PM, as this will not be covered in detail in the meeting.

05 August 2020

Submissions for Procedural Deadline A have now been published and added to the Examination Library.

29 July 2020

The Examining Authority has recently conducted further Unaccompanied Site Inspections (USI6 & USI7). Notes from these visits have been added to the Examination Library.

23 July 2020

The Examining Authority’s Rule 6 letter has been published, providing details of the Preliminary Meeting and the revised draft timetable for the examination of the application. The ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1) have also been published.

This letter replaces the information given in the previous Rule 6 letter, dated 5 March 2020.

03 July 2020

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.

03 July 2020

The Examining Authority (ExA) has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Winchester City Council.

Additionally, the ExA has carried out further Unaccompanied Site Inspections:

Unaccompanied Site Inspection 3
Unaccompanied Site Inspection 4
Unaccompanied Site Inspection 5

These documents have been added to the Examination Library.

26 June 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a Progress Note, to update Interested Persons on its latest position and to request further information from all Interested Parties, in the form of a Questionnaire, to help seek views on the way in which the application should be examined.

The deadline for questionnaire responses is 1 June 2020.

The Progress Note, and Questionnaire, have been added to the Examination Library

11 May 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Portsmouth City Council. This has been added to the Examination Library.

15 April 2020

The Examining Authority (ExA) has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant. These consist of supporting documents to accompany the s35 Direction request, which the ExA requested in its letter dated 5 March 2020. The documents have been added to the Examination Library.

03 April 2020

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 Winchester City Council.

02 April 2020

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

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

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

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
Relevant representations published on the website
27 February 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
19 February 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
02 January 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

12 December 2019
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
12 December 2019

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
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
14 November 2019