This page sets out the timetable for the examination of the application. It includes the deadlines for submissions to be made to the Planning Inspectorate and the dates of events taking place during the Examination. The Examination Timetable is also set out in an annex to the Rule 8 letter that was sent to Interested Parties at the start of the Examination.

Event DateDescription
 Date Passed
04 December 2020
Procedural Deadline A

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of written submissions, if required, from the Applicant and any Interested Party or Affected Persons on:

• Any changes that are considered necessary to the draft Examination Timetable; and
• agenda items the parties wish to speak on, points to make, and why these need to be made orally rather than in writing.
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 Date Passed
21 December 2020
Procedural Deadline B

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written submissions, if required, from the Applicant and any Interested Party on procedural matters relating to the purpose or proceedings of the Preliminary Meeting;
• Submissions of suggested locations/site for the Panel to include as part of the Unaccompanied Site Inspection, information on whether the site can be accessed on public land and reasoning for each nominated site.
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 Date Passed
07 January 2021
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
21 January 2021
Deadline 1

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Local Impact Reports (LIR) from Local Authorities;
• Notification of wish to speak at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing;
• Notification of wish to speak at an Open Floor Hearing;
• Responses to Relevant Representations (RRs);
• Comments on the Applicant’s response to the Planning Inspectorate’s s51 advice;
• Progressed statements of Statement of Common Grounds (SoCG);
• Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG;
• The Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Notification by Statutory Parties of wish to be considered an Interested Party (IP);
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.
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 Date Passed
04 February 2021
Deadline 2

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written Representations (WRs);
• Responses to ExAs Written Questions (WQ1);
• Comments on responses for Deadline 1;
• Progressed SoCGs;
• Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• Updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Updated draft Development Consent Order (draft DCO);
• Schedule of changes to the draft DCO;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.
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 Date Passed
18 February 2021
Deadline 3a

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on responses to ExA’s WQ1;
• Responses on LIRs;
• Responses on WRs;
• Comments on responses for Deadline 2;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• An updated version of the draft DCO;
• Progressed SoCGs;
• Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.

In preparation of an Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) should the ExA gives notice on Wednesday 19 May 2021 of intention to hold an ASI:

• Submission of suggested locations / sites and draft itinerary for the ExA to include as part of the ASI including the issues to be observed there, information on whether the site can be accessed on public land and reasoning for each nominated site.
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 Date Passed
25 February 2021
Deadline 3b

• Comment on responses to WRs;
• Comments on responses to LIRs;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.
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 Date Passed
01 March 2021
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1)
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1)

Time: 14:00, Arrangements conference starts at 13:30.
 Date Passed
01 March 2021
Open Floor Hearing (OFH1)
Open Floor Hearing (OFH1)

Time: 18:30, Arrangements conference starts at 18:00
 Date Passed
03 March 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1)
Issue Specific Hearing 1(ISH1) – Environmental matters; will include but not be limited to the
following:

• Traffic and Transport
• Air Quality
• Flooding
• People and Communities

Time: 10:00, Arrangements conference starts at 09:30.
 Date Passed
04 March 2021
Continuation of Issue Specific Hearing
Continuation of ISH1

Time: 10:00, Arrangements Conference starts at 09:30.
 Date Passed
05 March 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2)- Development Consent Order
Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) – Development Consent Order

Time: 14:00, Arrangements Conference starts at 09:30.
 Date Passed
08 March 2021
Reserved date 1 - Continuation of ISH1 and/or ISH2
Continuation of ISH1 and/or ISH2

Time: 14:00, Arrangements conference starts at 13:30.
 Date Passed
09 March 2021
Reserved date 2 - Continuation of ISH1 and/or ISH2
Continuation of ISH1 and/or ISH2

Time: 10:00, Arrangements conference starts at 09:30.
 Date Passed
17 March 2021
Deadline 4

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written summaries of oral submissions put at any Hearings;
• Comments on responses for Deadlines 3a and 3b;
• Comments on the Applicant’s draft Itinerary for the ASI;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• Updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Updated draft DCO;
• An updated Schedule of Changes to the draft DCO;
• Progressed SoCGs;
• Progressed Statement of Commonality of SoCG;
• Comments on responses on submission of suggested locations / sites for the ExA to include as part of the ASI;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.
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 Date Passed
25 March 2021
Issue by the ExA
Issue by the ExA of:

• Further Written Questions (WQ2) (if required).
 Date Passed
13 April 2021
Deadline 5

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to ExA WQ2 (if required);
• Comments on responses for Deadline 4;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• Updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Updated draft Development Consent Order;
• Progressed SoCGs;
• Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
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 Date Passed
27 April 2021
Deadline 6

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on responses to the ExA WQ2 (if required);
• Comments on responses for Deadline 5;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• Updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Updated draft DCO;
• Progressed SoCGs;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
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 Date Passed
10 May 2021
Additional Hearings
Hearings

Dates reserved (if required) for any:

• Open Floor Hearing(s).
• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing(s).
• Issue Specific Hearing(s).
 Date Passed
20 May 2021
Deadline 7

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Written summaries of oral submissions put at any Hearings held during the week commencing Monday 10 May 2021;
• Comments on responses submitted at Deadline 6
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• Updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Updated draft Development Consent Order;
• Finalised SoCGs;
• Final Progressed Statement of Commonality for SoCG;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules.
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 Date Passed
26 May 2021
Further Issue by the ExA of
Issue by the ExA of:

• The ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the draft
DCO (if required);
If the ExA considers it both necessary and safe to do so:
• Notice to hold the ASI the week commencing Monday
14 June 2021;
• Publication of the itinerary for the ASI.
 Date Passed
09 June 2021
Deadline 8

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on the ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to the draft DCO;
• An updated Guide to the Application;
• An updated version of the draft DCO;
• An updated Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Comments on responses submitted for Deadline 7;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules (if required).

If the ExA gives notice of intention to hold an ASI on Wednesday 19 May 2021

• Requests to attend the ASI.
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 Date Passed
14 June 2021
Accompanied Site Visit
Date reserved for ASI1 if deemed necessary and safe to carry out.
 Date Passed
30 June 2021
Deadline 9

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on responses for Deadline 8;
• Final version of the draft DCO;
• Final Guide to the Application;
• Final Compulsory Acquisition Schedule;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination (if required).
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 Date Passed
06 July 2021
Deadline 10

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to any additional information requested by the ExA;
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination (if required).
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 Date Passed
07 July 2021
Close of Examination
Close of Examination

The ExA is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of 6 months.
 Date Passed
07 July 2021
Examination closed