M25 junction 28 improvements

What happens next

16/12/2021 - Decision made by the Secretary of State

The Examining Authority issued a Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State on 16 September 2021. The Secretary of State has three months in which to issue a decision. The decision letter and Recommendation Report will be published on this project page once a decision has been made.

Timeline (66 items)

Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
16 September 2021

The Deadline 10 documents have now been published.

The Examining Authority has published its Notification of completion of Examination (PDF, 98 KB).

The Examination Library has been updated (PDF, 986 KB).

07 July 2021

The Examination closes at 23:59 on the 7th July 2021.

07 July 2021

The Deadline 9 the submissions have now been published.

The Examination Library has been updated (PDF, 955 KB).

01 July 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and accepted the following late Deadline 8 submission:

Telia Carrier UK Ltd – Comments on the Proposed Development (PDF, 462 KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 860 KB) has been updated.

28 June 2021

Due to an administrative error the following submissions made at Deadline 1 on 21 January 2021 were omitted from publication:

As such the Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept these submissions into Examination as Additional Submissions AS-044 and AS-043.

The Examination Library (PDF, 815 KB) has been updated.

18 June 2021

The Deadline 8 submissions have now been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 848 KB) has been updated.

10 June 2021

The Examining Authority conducted an Unaccompanied Site Inspection on Friday 4 June 2021 and have issued a note detailing its inspection (PDF, 139 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF,799 KB) has been updated.

07 June 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 17 – Request for Further Information (PDF, 103 KB) from the Applicant, London Borough of Havering, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority. This is in relation to the London Plan 2021.

The Examination Library (PDF, 797 KB) has been updated.

27 May 2021

The Examining Authority has issued the following:

A Procedural Decision accepting the Applicant’s Change Request submitted at Deadline 6 and a Rule 17 – request for Further Information (PDF, 129 KB) regarding Change Request 8 (PDF, 198 KB) submitted by the Applicant at Deadline 7;

The Examining Authority’s Consultation Draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 254 KB).

The Examination Library has been updated (PDF, 534 KB).

26 May 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept the following Additional Submission from UK Power Networks:

Withdrawal of UK Power Networks representations in respect of the DCO application (PDF, 465 KB)
The Deadline 7 submissions have now been published.
The Examination Library (PDF, 540 KB) has been updated.

21 May 2021

The recordings and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 3 – Wednesday 12 May 2021, have now been published.

Action Points arising from Issue Specific Hearing 3 (PDF, 76 KB) have been published

The Examination Library (PDF, 498 KB) has been updated

13 May 2021

The livestream link for Issue Specific Hearing 3 being held today at 10am, Wednesday 12 May 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time.

Please note that the Issue Specific Hearing 2 will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10.00am. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

12 May 2021

The Examining Authority has issued a Rule 8 (3) letter (PDF, 149 KB) giving details of changes to the Examination Timetable.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and accepted the following Additional Submission from Highways England:

Notification of approval of Designated Funding for the non-motorised user improvements (NMU) scheme (PDF, 12 MB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 486 KB) has been updated.

10 May 2021

The time reserved for Open Floor Hearing 2 and the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 on Tuesday 11 May 2021 will no longer be required and have therefore been cancelled.

The Examining Authority has issued its Agenda for Issue Specific 3 (PDF, 151 KB) being held on Wednesday 12 May 2021.

The Examining Authority has also issued a Procedural Decision and a Request for Further Information (Rule 17) (PDF, 108 KB) in relation to Change Request 5-7 submitted at Deadline 6.

The Examination Library (PDF, 721 KB) has been updated.

05 May 2021

On the 26 February 2021 (PDF, 97 KB) and the 19 March 2021 (PDF, 111 KB) the Examining Authority accepted the Applicant’s Change Request submitted at Deadline 3a (PDF, 86 KB). Comments are now invited on Change Request 2 from Friday 2 April 2021 until 23.59 on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate solely to Change Request 2 of the Applicant’s change request submitted at Deadline 3a; any submissions that are not in relation to the Change Request 2, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded.

The Deadline 6 submissions have now been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 720 KB) has been updated.

29 April 2021

On the 26 February 2021 (PDF, 97 KB) and the 19 March 2021 (PDF, 111 KB) the Examining Authority accepted the Applicant’s Change Request submitted at Deadline 3a (PDF, 86 KB). Comments are now invited on Change Request 2 from Friday 2 April 2021 until 23.59 on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate solely to Change Request 2 of the Applicant’s change request submitted at Deadline 3a; any submissions that are not in relation to the Change Request 2, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded.

The ExA has issued a request for further information – Rule 17 Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 (PDF, 44 KB).

The Deadline 5 submissions have now been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 347 KB) has been updated.

16 April 2021

On the 26 February 2021 (PDF, 97 KB) and the 19 March 2021 (PDF, 111 KB) the Examining Authority accepted the Applicant’s Change Request submitted at Deadline 3a (PDF, 86 KB). Comments are now invited on Change Request 2 from Friday 2 April 2021 until 23.59 on Saturday 1 May 2021.

Please note that any comments must be made on the Registration and Relevant Representation Form and must relate solely to Change Request 2 of the Applicant’s change request submitted at Deadline 3a; any submissions that are not in relation to the Change Request 2, or are not on the prescribed form, will not be seen by the ExA and will be disregarded.

07 April 2021

The Examining Authority has issued its Further Written Questions (PDF, 2 MB).

The Examination Library has been updated (PDF, 380 KB)

25 March 2021

The responses to Deadline 4 have been published.

The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural Decision to accept the Change Request submitted at Deadline 3a (PDF, 111 KB).

The Examination Library (567 KB) has been updated.

19 March 2021

The responses to Deadline 4 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

18 March 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and accepted the following Additional Submission from Highways England:

Highways England- Notification of intention to submit change request to the scheme (Changes 5-7) (PDF, 206 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 512 KB) has been updated.

11 March 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and accepted the following Additional Submission from Highways England:

Highways England – further comments to the change request submitted at deadline 3a (PDF, 159 KB)

The Examination Library has been updated (PDF, 514 KB)

10 March 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion and accepted the following Additional Submission from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

The Examination library (PDF, 359 KB) has been updated.

09 March 2021

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearing 2 – Friday 5 March 2021 have now been published.

The Action Points arising from Issue Specific Hearing 1 (PDF, 86 KB) and Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF, 71 KB) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 503 KB) has been updated.

08 March 2021

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (continuation) – Thursday 4 March 2021 have now been published.

The Action Points arising from Issue Specific Hearing 1 and Issue Specific Hearing 2 will be published as soon as practical, along with the recordings and transcripts from Issue Specific Hearing 2.

The Examination Library (PDF, 497 KB) has been updated.

05 March 2021

The livestream link for Issue Specific Hearing 2 being held tomorrow, Friday 5 March 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time.

Please note that the Issue Specific Hearing 2 will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearing 1 Wednesday 3 March 2021 have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 495 KB) has been updated.

04 March 2021

The livestream link for the Issue Specific Hearing 1  continued, being held today, Thursday 4  March 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time.

Please note that the Issue Specific Hearing will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

04 March 2021

The livestream link for the Issue Specific Hearing being held tomorrow, Wednesday 3 March 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time. Please note that the Issue Specific Hearing will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The recordings and transcripts of Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 and of Open Floor Hearing 1 -Monday 1 March 2021 have been published. The Examining Authority has also issued its Action Points (PDF, 49 KB) taken from Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1.

The Examination Library (PDF, 337 KB) has been updated.

02 March 2021

The livestream link for the Open Floor Hearing being held today, Monday 1 March 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time. Please note that the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 18:30pm. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

01 March 2021

The livestream link for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing being held today, Monday 1 March 2021, is now available for those who wish to observe the Hearing in real time. Please note that the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 2:00pm. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

01 March 2021

The Examining Authority has issued the following:

The documents submitted at Deadline 3b have now been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 475 KB) has been updated.

26 February 2021

The Examining Authority has issued the following agendas for the Hearings w/c 1 March 2021:

The agenda for Issue Specific Hearing 2 will be published as soon as practicable but no later than 5 days before the Hearing.

The Examination Library (PDF, 459 KB) has been updated.

24 February 2021

The Examining Authority has issued its agenda for Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1, Monday 1 March 2021 (PDF, 108 KB).

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Savills on behalf of Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery (PDF, 404 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 457 KB) has been updated.

22 February 2021

The responses to Deadline 3a have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

19 February 2021

The Examining Authority conducted an Unaccompanied Site Inspection on Wednesday 17 February 2021 and have issued a note detailing it’s inspection (PDF, 55KB). The Examination Library (PDF, 392KB) has been updated.

18 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an amended Written Representation from Transport for London (PDF, 221 KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 256 KB) has been updated.

11 February 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept the following submissions:

    • Addleshaw Goddard on behalf of Network Rail Infrastructure Limited’s response to the Examining Authority’s Written Questions as a lateDeadline 2 submission; and
    • An Additional Submission from The Woodland Trust (PDF 347 KB) – Non-Interested Party.

The Examination Library (PDF, 388 KB) has been updated.

09 February 2021

The responses to Deadline 2 have now been published and the Examination Library has been updated.

08 February 2021

The responses to Deadline 2 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

05 February 2021

Rule 13 letter  (PDF, 179 KB) giving notice of Open Floor Hearing 1, Issue Specific Hearing 1 and 2 and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 in week commencing 1 March 2021 has been issued to Interested Parties.

This letter also includes a Procedural Decision directed at the Applicant in response to its direction request recently accepted as an Additional Submission (PDF, 311 KB).

04 February 2021

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept Essex County Council’s Local Impact Report as a late Deadline 1 submission.

29 January 2021

The responses to Deadline 1 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

22 January 2021

The Examining Authority has issued the following documentation:

The Examination Library (PDF, 207 KB) has been updated.

13 January 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

13 January 2021

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) and the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) Transcript (PDF, 124 KB) have been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 292KB).

11 January 2021
Examination begins
07 January 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) Part 2 will be issued shortly.

The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Thursday 7 January 2021. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

06 January 2021

The responses to Procedural Deadline B have now been published and the Examination Library (PDF, 292kb) has been updated.

04 January 2021

The responses to Procedural Deadline B have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) (Document 4 KB) and the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) Transcript (PDF, 229 KB) have been published and added to the Examination Library. Any responses to matters discussed during the PM must be submitted by Procedural Deadline B – Monday 21 December 2020

22 December 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) (Document 4 KB) and the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) Transcript (PDF, 229 KB) have been published and added to the Examination Library. Any responses to matters discussed during the PM must be submitted by Procedural Deadline B Monday 21 December 2020

21 December 2020

The responses to Procedural Deadline A have now been published.

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) Part 1 will be issued shortly. The Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Friday 11 December 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Historic England (PDF, 89 KB).

09 December 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant (PDF, 187 KB) notifying of its intention to make a request for changes to the scheme.

07 December 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.

12 November 2020

The Applicant has informed the Planning Inspectorate that some persons with a legal interest in the land affected by the Proposed Development were not notified of the accepted application and were therefore not made aware of the period within which they could make a Relevant Representation. The Applicant has now notified the omitted persons who have been allowed further time to make Relevant Representations. If you are a person that has received the Applicant’s notification dated 30 September 2020 (PDF, 176 KB) and need assistance making a Relevant Representation, please contact us at [email protected] or 0303 444 5000.

07 October 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 12 October 2020.

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

28 September 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
17 September 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
09 September 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
01 August 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the applicant Highways England in response to the Procedural Decision requesting updated evidence relating to the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and Work Plans.

22 July 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

24 June 2020
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
24 June 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
27 May 2020