Lower Thames Crossing

The list below includes a record of advice we have provided for this project. For a list of all advice issued by the Planning Inspectorate, including non-project related advice, please go to the Register of advice page.

There is a statutory duty, under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008, to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application, including the name of the person who requested the advice, and to make this publicly available.

Preview
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Meeting Update.
Please see attached.

05 August 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via phone
Phone call with Transport for London
To discuss the withdrawal of the application and how the Applicant is working towards resubmission

29 July 2021
Transport for London - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Discussion following commencement of the consultation and ahead of the anticipated resubmission, with representatives of Thurrock Council, Gravesham Borough Council, London Borough of Havering, Kent County Council and Essex County Council.
Please see attached meeting note.

27 July 2021
Various local authorities - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Meeting Update.
Please see attached.

21 July 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Update Meeting.
Please see attached.

08 July 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Update Meeting.
Please see attached.

24 June 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Discussion following the withdrawal of the first application and ahead of the anticipated consultation, with representatives of Thurrock Council, Gravesham Borough Council, London Borough of Havering and Kent County Council.
Please see attached meeting note.

15 June 2021
Various local authorities - anon - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Update Meeting
Please see attached.

10 June 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Update Meeting
Please see attached.

27 May 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see attached.

13 May 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see attached.

29 April 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see attached.

31 March 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting
Please see attached meeting note and appended comments in respect of the Applicant's outline Landscape and Environmental Management Plan (oLEMP), Chapter 12 of the Applicant’s document ”1.3 Introduction to the Application” dated October 2020, and Highways England's Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) standards.

18 March 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project Update Meeting
Please see attached meeting note

04 March 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting
Please see attached meeting note

18 February 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

04 February 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

13 January 2021
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting
Please see attached meeting note

17 December 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting to discuss the withdrawal of the application with representatives of Thurrock Council, Gravesham Borough Council and London Borough of Havering
Please see attached meeting note

15 December 2020
Various local authorities - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting with the Applicant following withdrawal of the application
Please see attached meeting note

26 November 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Please see attached meeting note.
Please see attached meeting note.

13 November 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting to advise TCAG about the Planning Act 2008 process
Please see attached meeting note

22 October 2020
Thames Crossing Action Group (TCAG) - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

07 October 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting with Thurrock Council, Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council to discuss concerns relating to the consultation process, activities and information for Lower Thames Crossing
Please see attached meeting note

25 September 2020
Various local authorities - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

23 September 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Please see attached.
Please see attached.

01 September 2020
Highways England
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

02 July 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see attached meeting note

28 May 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
The enquirer addressed their concerns on the Applicant's Supplementary Consultation in light of current COVID19 circumstances by providing the Planning Inspectorate and Thurrock Council their consultation response.
Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicant’s Pre-application consultation in the current unprecedented public health situation. Please accept our apology for the delay in responding. The Planning Inspectorate does not have power to intervene in an applicant’s pre-application programme. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of Highways England, the Applicant. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation, you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to ensure these issues are addressed. If you have contacted the Applicant but you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, address them, the relevant local authority can take account of your comments. I see you have copied Thurrock Council into your consultation response already. For avoidance of doubt, relevant local authorities can consider comments from members of the public relating to consultation when preparing an ‘Adequacy of Consultation Representation’ (AoCR) submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) during the Acceptance period. The Planning Inspectorate must consider any AoCRs received from relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under s55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008. It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation is contained within the attached FAQ document.

14 May 2020
Gladys Vellamaa
response has attachments
The enquirer addressed their concerns on the Applicant's Supplementary Consultation in light of current COVID19 circumstances by providing the Planning Inspectorate and various Members of Parliament and local councillors their consultation response.
Dear Mr Windiate Thank you for your email. Please accept our apology for the delay in responding. It appears you have copied the Planning Inspectorate into your response to the Applicant’s pre-application consultation. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 1]. Should the application be accepted for Examination, all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 2] and parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the application by registering to become ‘Interested Parties’ (IP). Further information about registering as an IP can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: [attachment 3]. With regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops: [attachment 4]. You may wish to register at the following link to receive email updates on the status of the application: [attachment 5];email= Kind regards

14 May 2020
Mr Cyril Windiate
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting to discuss Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) related matters
Please see the attached meeting note

02 April 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Re: LTC Supplementary Consultation 2020 – Coronavirus Measures I fully understand the need for H.E. to Cancel LTC Consultation Public Information Events following Government Advice. However I strongly oppose your decision to go ahead with the Consultation Response deadline as scheduled. I believe this is unfair and does not provide equal opportunity for the public to ensure that they are fully aware of all the implications and impacts of the LTC not only when it is completed, but during the Construction period which is currently estimated to be a minimum of 5 years. Every resident and road user alike should be entitled to personally access all the information available, very importantly including Large Scale Maps, and to obtain immediate answers to any resulting questions before completing the Consultation Response Forms. I believe it is the duty of Highways England to accept the consequences of the Coronavirus in relation to this Supplementary Consultation and Postpone the Consultation and the current Response deadline. I also believe that H.E. should Reschedule all the Public Information Events when it is safe to do so in fairness to the general public. These Events should also be more widely publicized via National and Local: Television, Radio and Newspapers as there is still a large percentage of the population who do not have access to the internet. The Coronavirus has had a worrying affect on many and it is highly likely that the attendance of the Events that went ahead would reflect this. Yours sincerely, Mrs. J.S. Thacker
Dear Mrs Thacker Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicant’s Pre-application consultation in the current unprecedented public health situation. Please accept my apology for the late response. The Planning Inspectorate does not have power to intervene in an applicant’s pre-application programme. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of the Applicant. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to enable them to address the issues. If you have contacted the Applicant but you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, take account of your comments you can make your comments to the relevant local authority. The local authorities can consider your comments as part of their Adequacy of Consultation Representation submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) at the Application Stage of the process. The Planning Inspectorate will consider any adequacy of consultation representations received from the relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under section 55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: [attachment 1] As you are aware the proposed application by Highways England is at the Pre-application stage of the Planning Act 2008 process. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 2] Should the application be accepted then the application and all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 3] The ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’ will be made available here during the Pre-examination stage and all parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the project. The appointed Examining Authority will then use these to carry out an initial assessment of principal issues. Further information about registering as an Interested Party can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: [attachment 4] With regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. [attachment 5] I hope you find the above information helpful. Kind regards

02 April 2020
Mrs J.S. Thacker
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
20th march 2020 I was about to write to you regarding your decision to go ahead with the Supplementary Consultation Response as planned when I received an email advising that Highways England have extended the response date by One Week to the 2nd April. Utterly ridiculous! It was my opinion before and still is, that Highways England made a serious error of judgment to continue with the Consultation process after the necessity of cancelling Public and Mobile Information Events due to the severity of the Coronavirus situation. This is a Major project and everyone is entitled to have the same opportunity to attend the Public Information Events etc. to see the large scale maps of the entire route, and sections of it, and get answers to any questions they might have so that they are aware of the impacts of the LTC during construction and when it is up and running. Proceeding with the Consultation at this time does not offer everyone this choice. Questions and answers online and over the phone are not sufficient. I believe the whole Consultation should be re-run at a future date when the fear of the Coronavirus is over. Sincerely, Mr. J.B. Thacker
Dear Mr Thacker, Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicant’s Pre-application consultation in the current unprecedented public health situation. Please accept my apology for the late response. The Planning Inspectorate does not have power to intervene in an applicant’s pre-application programme. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of Highway England, the Applicant. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to enable them to address the issues. If you have contacted the Applicant but you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, take account of your comments you can make your comments to the relevant local authority. The local authorities can consider your comments as part of their Adequacy of Consultation Representation submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) at the Application Stage of the process. The Planning Inspectorate will consider any adequacy of consultation representations received from the relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under section 55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: [attachment 1] As you are aware the proposed application by Highways England is at the Pre-application stage of the Planning Act 2008 process. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 2] Should the application be accepted then the application and all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 3] The ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’ will be made available here during the Pre-examination stage and all parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the project. The appointed Examining Authority will then use these to carry out an initial assessment of principal issues. Further information about registering as an Interested Party can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: [attachment 4] With regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. [attachment 5] I hope you find the above information helpful. Kind regards

02 April 2020
Mr J.B. Thacker
response has attachments
I would like to know if the planning Application for the lower Thames Crossing will be postponed as I have not been able to attend the consultation due to the virus and I was also looking to put forward a formal representation against the lower Thames Crossing and feel that I will now not be able to do this and that highways England will just carry on regardless . Mr S.Brace
Dear Mr Brace, Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicant’s Pre-application consultation in the current unprecedented public health situation. Please accept my apology for the late response. The Planning Inspectorate does not have power to intervene in an applicant’s pre-application programme. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of the Applicant. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to enable them to address the issues. If you have contacted the Applicant but you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, take account of your comments you can make your comments to the relevant local authority. The local authorities can consider your comments as part of their Adequacy of Consultation Representation submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) at the Application Stage of the process. The Planning Inspectorate will consider any adequacy of consultation representations received from the relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under section 55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: [attachment 1] As you are aware the proposed application by Highways England is at the Pre-application stage of the Planning Act 2008 process. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 2] Should the application be accepted then the application and all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 3] The ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’ will be made available here during the Pre-examination stage and all parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the project. The appointed Examining Authority will then use these to carry out an initial assessment of principal issues. Further information about registering as an Interested Party can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: [attachment 4] With regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. [attachment 5] I hope you find the above information helpful. Kind regards

02 April 2020
Mr S.Brace
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Dear all 1. You cannot end a 'consultation' when everyone's attention is elsewhere. 2. How can the cost of this project be justified when the UK is going to experience huge financial difficulties for years to come? Time to pause, if not cancel, the LTC. Thank you Jane Wooders
Dear Ms Wooders, Thank you for your email expressing concerns about the adequacy of the Applicant’s Pre-application consultation in the current unprecedented public health situation. Please accept my apology for the late response. The Planning Inspectorate does not have power to intervene in an applicant’s pre-application programme. The process for applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) is set out in the Planning Act 2008. The timing of the application is at the discretion of Highways England, the Applicant. As you have concerns about the Applicant’s pre-application consultation you should contact the Applicant in the first instance to enable them to address the issues. If you have contacted the Applicant but you are not satisfied that the Applicant has, or will, take account of your comments you can make your comments to the relevant local authority. The local authorities can consider your comments as part of their Adequacy of Consultation Representation submission to the Planning Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) at the Application Stage of the process. The Planning Inspectorate will consider any adequacy of consultation representations received from the relevant local authorities when deciding whether or not to accept the application, as required under section 55(4)(b) of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It is therefore important to ensure the local authorities are informed of your concerns. Further information about Community Consultation can be found here: [attachment 1] As you are aware the proposed application by Highways England is at the Pre-application stage of the Planning Act 2008 process. The Planning Inspectorate is unable to consider representations about the merits of any application until it is accepted for Examination. Further information about the process can be found in the link below to the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 2] Should the application be accepted then the application and all the supporting documentation will be published on the project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: [attachment 3] The ‘Registration and Relevant Representation form’ will be made available here during the Pre-examination stage and all parties will have an opportunity to outline their views about the project. The appointed Examining Authority will then use these to carry out an initial assessment of principal issues. Further information about registering as an Interested Party can be found in the Planning Inspectorate’s ‘Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination’: [attachment 4] With regard to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please refer to the Planning Inspectorate’s published guidance which will be updated as the situation develops. [attachment 5] I hope you find the above information helpful. Kind regards

02 April 2020
Jane Wooders
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Please see attached
Please see attached

02 April 2020
Mrs Askew
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update and draft documents feedback meeting
Please see attached note with appended table of the Inspectorate’s detailed comments at Appendix A

27 February 2020
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Dear Sir or Madam, This is with respect to the expected DCO application by Highways England and the Lower Thames Crossing. My question is whether our Parish Council can become an Interested Party and that the route to achieve that is to submit a Relevant Representation. The context is that Cobham village is within a Conservation Area, in the immediate proximity of the LTC development (within a 2 mile radius), and with many parts of the parish within the Designated Development Area. The issue of relevance is not to do with land acquisition, but traffic flows through the village and the local impact that would result from higher volumes of traffic due to the LTC development. The local roads are all minor rural roads and unfit for increased traffic volumes and this would be the basis of the representation. Does the Parish Council qualify to apply to be an Interested Party, would that be automatic in this case, or would it be required to submit a Relevant Representation application? Thank you for your help. Kind Regards Tony Rice
Dear Cllr Rice The Parish Council would not be deemed an Interested Party automatically. However, you can register as an Interested Party, following acceptance of the application. If the application is submitted and accepted to proceed to Examination, the Applicant will notify of the period within which people have to register. I hope this information is helpful. Please see the Advice Notes below which may also be of assistance: [attachment 1] [attachment 2] Kind regards

17 February 2020
Cllr Tony Rice
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
A project update meeting took place on 12 December 2019
A note of that meeting is attached.

12 December 2019
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
A project update meeting with the Applicant
Please see the attached note.

11 October 2019
Highways England - Tim Wright - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
A project update meeting took place on 24th July 2019
A note of that meeting is attached.

24 July 2019
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting with Thurrock Council
Please see the attached meeting note

28 February 2019
Thurrock Council - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
A project update meeting took place on 20th September 2018
A note of that meeting is attached

20 September 2018
Highways England - anon.
response has attachments
A project update meeting took place on 23 October 2017
A note of that meeting is attached.

23 October 2017
Highways England - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project inception meeting
Please see attached meeting note

12 May 2017
Highways England - Tim Wright