M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway

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
03 September 2015
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
11 September 2015
Issue by ExA:
• Rule 8 letter (including examination timetable)

Publication of:
• ExA’s first written questions
 Date Passed
02 October 2015
Deadline I

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
• Notification of wish to speak at a compulsory acquisition hearing
• Notification of wish to speak at an open floor hearing
• Notification of wish to attend accompanied site inspection between 10 and 12 November 2015
• Comments on applicant’s draft itinerary for accompanied site inspection to be held between 10 and 12 November 2015
• Written notification by statutory parties of wish to be considered as an interested party
• Comments by the applicant and any other interested parties on relevant representations (RRs) already submitted
• Summaries of all RRs exceeding 1500 words
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rule 2010 (the Exam Rules)
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 Date Passed
08 October 2015
Deadline II

Deadline for receipt by ExA of:
• Written representations (WRs) by all interested parties
• Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
• Responses to ExA’s first written questions
• Local Impact Reports (LIR) from any local authorities
• Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) requested by ExA
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline I
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
26 October 2015
Issue by ExA of:
• Notification of date, time and place of hearings to be held in the week beginning 16 November 2015
• Notification of date, time and meeting place for site inspection to be held in the company of interested parties between 10 and 12 November 2015

Publication of:
• Final version of itinerary for accompanied site inspection between 10 and 12 November 2015
 Date Passed
05 November 2015
Deadline III

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Comments on WRs and responses to comments on RRs
• Comments on Local Impact Reports
• Comments on responses to ExA’s first written questions
• Comments on SoCG
• Applicant’s first revised draft Development Consent Order (DCO)
• Applicant’s table setting out progress on Compulsory Acquisition negotiations
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline II
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
10 November 2015
Site Visit (Accompanied) 1
Day 1 - Junctions 12 to 8/9
 Date Passed
11 November 2015
Site Visit (Accompanied) 2
Day 2 - Junctions 5 to 3
 Date Passed
12 November 2015
Site Visit (Accompanied) 3
Day 3 - Junctions 8-9 to 5
 Date Passed
16 November 2015
Open Floor Hearing 1
Any interested party may give oral evidence based on the content of their relevant and / or written representation, the extent and timing of which will be governed by the needs of the examination. This hearing will commence at 7.00pm at Wycliffe Baptist Church, Reading.
 Date Passed
17 November 2015
Issue Specific Hearing 1
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the environment including traffic forecasting; air quality; noise; visual impact; and water environment - commencing at 10.00am on 17 November 2015 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
18 November 2015
Issue Specific Hearing 2
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the environment (continued from Tuesday 17 November 2015) - commencing at 10.00am on 18 November 2015 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
18 November 2015
Issue Specific Hearing 3
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to traffic safety - to commence after conclusion of environment hearing on same day at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
19 November 2015
Issue Specific Hearing 4
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the draft Development Consent Order (and Explanatory Memorandum) - commencing at 10.00am on 19 November 2015 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
19 November 2015
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1
Compulsory acquisition hearing dealing with general compulsory acquisition matters - commencing at 2.00pm on 19 November 2015 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
19 November 2015
Open Floor Hearing 2
Any interested party may give oral evidence based on the content of their relevant and / or written representation, the extent and timing of which will be governed by the needs of the examination. This hearing will commence at 7.00pm at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow.
 Date Passed
20 November 2015
Open Floor Hearing 3
Any interested party may give oral evidence based on the content of their relevant and / or written representation, the extent and timing of which will be governed by the needs of the examination. This hearing will commence at 10.00am at the Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor.
 Date Passed
26 November 2015
Deadline IV

Deadline for receipt of:
• Written summaries of oral submissions put at any hearings held between 16-20 November 2015
• Applicant’s second revised draft DCO
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline III
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
11 December 2015
Publication of:
• ExA’s second written questions
 Date Passed
08 January 2016
Deadline V

Deadline for receipt of:
• Responses to ExA’s second written questions
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline IV
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
19 January 2016
Issue by ExA of:
• Notification of any further hearings to be held in the week beginning 8 February 2016
 Date Passed
29 January 2016
Deadline VI

Deadline for receipt of:
• Comments on responses to ExA’s second written questions
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline V
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
09 February 2016
Site Visit (Accompanied) 4
Second accompanied site inspection in the company of interested parties.
 Date Passed
10 February 2016
Issue Specific Hearing 5
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the environment - commencing at 10.00am on 10 February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Windsor/Maidenhead.
 Date Passed
11 February 2016
Issue Specific Hearing 6
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the environment (continued) - commencing at 10.00am on 11 February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Windsor/Maidenhead.
 Date Passed
12 February 2016
Issue Specific Hearing 7
Issue specific hearing dealing with matters relating to the draft Development Consent Order (and Explanatory Memorandum) - commencing at 10.00am on 12 February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Windsor/Maidenhead.
 Date Passed
12 February 2016
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2
Compulsory acquisition hearing dealing with general compulsory acquisition matters (if required) - commencing at 2.00pm on 12 February 2016 at the Holiday Inn Windsor/Maidenhead.
 Date Passed
17 February 2016
Deadline VII

Deadline for receipt of:
• Written summaries of oral submissions put at any hearings held in week beginning 8 February 2015
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline VI
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules

Issue of:
• ExA’s draft DCO (if required to facilitate examination)
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 Date Passed
29 February 2016
Deadline VIII

Deadline for receipt of:
• Comments on ExA’s draft DCO (if issued)
• Comments on any further information requested by the ExA and received to Deadline VII
• Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Exam Rules
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 Date Passed
03 March 2016
Deadline IX

The ExA is under a duty to complete the examination of the application by the end of the period of 6 months
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 Date Passed
03 March 2016
Examination closed