M3 Junction 9 Improvement

What happens next

You will be able to view the Relevant Representations here shortly.

The Applicant (National Highways) must certify to the Planning Inspectorate that it has complied with its application notification requirements.

The Examining Authority, once appointed, 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 (6 items)

Registration of interested parties closes
13 March 2023
Registration of interested parties begins
01 February 2023
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

15 December 2022
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
15 December 2022

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Monday 21 November 2022 and application documents for this application were published on Friday 9 December 2022. These documents have been de-published on Monday 12 December 2022, pending the completion of the Acceptance stage.

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 government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

12 December 2022
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
21 November 2022