Southampton to London Pipeline Project

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

09/04/2020 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

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 (34 items)

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Covering emails and letters for deadline submissions are not normally published as a matter of course. However the Examining Authority has taken the view that in this instance, given the content, that an email from Marc Turner at Natural England should be published so that Interested Parties are aware of the matter in advance of the Issue Specific Hearings timetabled for 3 and 4 December 2019. Please note that it is necessary to redact the second paragraph as it contains personal sensitive information.

29 November 2019
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It has been brought to our attention that the incorrect version of the Statement of Common Ground between the Applicant and Rushmoor Borough Council was submitted at Deadline 2. The correct version has now been submitted and has replaced the previous version.

29 November 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Tweseldown Race Course.

28 November 2019
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The agendas for the Environmental Issue Specific Hearings scheduled to be held on 3 December and 4 December 2019 have now been published.

27 November 2019
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The Examination Authority has accepted a late Deadline 2 submission from Mr Stephen English.

20 November 2019
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The agendas for the Issue Specific Hearing on the Draft Development Consent Order and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing, both taking place on Wednesday 27 November 2019, have been published and added to the Examination Library.

20 November 2019
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The Deadline 2 Submissions have been published.

19 November 2019
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The itinerary for the Accompanied Site Inspection, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26 November 2019, has been published. It has also been added to the Examination Library.

15 November 2019
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It has come to our attention that a Deadline 1 submission from Surrey Heath Borough Council does not appear to have been published with the remainder of the Deadline 1 submissions. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. It has been added to the Examination Library.

04 November 2019
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The Deadline 1 Submissions have been published.

29 October 2019
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The notification letter for the hearings and accompanied site inspection taking place between 25 and 28 November 2019 and between 2 December and 4 December has now been published.

28 October 2019
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

16 October 2019
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The Recording of the Preliminary Meeting has been published.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept further additional submissions from the Health and Safety Executive and Abbey Rangers Football Club.

These documents has been added to the Examination Library.

11 October 2019
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Preliminary Meeting takes place

09 October 2019
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
09 October 2019
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Please note that the venue for the Preliminary Meeting on Wednesday 9 October 2019 is Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre (access via Gate A), Transport Road, Farnborough, GU14 6XE.

08 October 2019
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The Examining Authority carried out an Unaccompanied Site Inspection on Wednesday 2 October. A note of their Inspection has been published and added to the Examination Library.

03 October 2019
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In order to assist the smooth running of the Preliminary Meeting, a Seating Plan has been published. This allocates seats to those that have notified the Inspectorate of their intention to attend the meeting. Unreserved seating will be available for those that have not confirmed their attendance.

Additionally, the Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Leo Doherty MP on behalf of Nick Jarman.

These have been added to the Examination Library.

02 October 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its decision to accept further additional submissions.

20 September 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its decision to accept further additional submissions.

12 September 2019
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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.

05 September 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the Applicant in relation to the routing of the proposed scheme in the Hinton Ampner area. This has been added to the Examination Library.

27 August 2019
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The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion and accepted Additional Submissions from the following Parties:
The Applicant
Canal and River Trust
NHS Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group
Forestry Commission
MP Michael Gove
Natural England
Southern Electric Power Distribution
Southern Gas Network
UK Power Networks
Kaye Squires

14 August 2019
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Relevant representations published on the website
05 August 2019
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Registration of interested parties closes
27 July 2019
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Registration of interested parties begins
26 June 2019
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The application has been accepted for examination

11 June 2019
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
11 June 2019
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This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 14 May 2019.

The applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as soon as practicable to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed in this application. The Planning Inspectorate will therefore make the application documents available as soon as practicable.

This provision is solely for the purpose of allowing more time to all those who wish to become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed ahead of the relevant representation period without lengthening the overall time required for the application process. There will be no opportunity at this stage to make comments on the application. However, if the application is accepted anyone interested in the application will be able to register and express their views during the relevant representation stage and the subsequent Examination.

15 May 2019
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
14 May 2019