Southampton to London Pipeline Project

What happens next

09/07/2020 - Deadline for Planning Inspectorate to submit recommendation

The Examination closed on 09 April 2020. There will now be a period of three months for the Examining Authority to write its report and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then have three months in which to make a decision.

Timeline (63 items)

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Prior to the close of the Examination, the Examining Authority exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from:

Notification of completion of the Examining Authority’s Examination Letter (Section 99) has been published.

These have been added to the Examination Library.

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

14 April 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the following:

These have been added to the Examination Library.

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

09 April 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept the following late Deadline 7 submissions:

CLH Pipeline System: Withdrawal of objections
Rushmoor Borough Council: Documents not previously included with Deadline 7 submission

These have been added to the Examination Library.

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

07 April 2020
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Deadline 7 submissions have now been published. The updated Examination Library (EL) will be published as soon as practicable.

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

06 April 2020
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IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

25 March 2020
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In order to comply with the most recent government advice regarding social distancing, the Planning Inspectorate has advised that where possible all Accompanied Site Inspections (ASIs) should be done on an unaccompanied basis or where arrangements can be made to allow the Inspectors access to the site in a way that avoids social contact. As a result, the ASI that was due to be undertaken tomorrow at St James Senior Boys’ School will now be undertaken on an unaccompanied basis with the Examining Authority (ExA) being escorted, whilst on the school grounds, by a member of the school staff, solely for the purposes of safeguarding.

Please therefore note that all Interested Parties that had previously confirmed attendance should not attend.

The ExA will publish a detailed Unaccompanied Site Inspection note of the visit as soon as practicable after the event.

We have received submissions from the Applicant and Surrey County Council pointing out features that they wish for the ExA to observe. These have been treated as Additional Submissions and published on the project page. The ExA will take these submissions into account when carrying out the visit.

18 March 2020
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The itinerary for the Accompanied Site Inspection 2 (ASI2), scheduled to take place on Thursday 19 March 2020, has been published. It has also been added to the Examination Library.

IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding COVID-19, if you are planning to attend the Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) on Thursday 19 March 2020 please check this website regularly and before travelling to the event. If there are any changes or cancellations required to the ASI this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

13 March 2020
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IMPORTANT: In the light of the current public health situation surrounding COVID-19, if you are planning to attend the Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) on Thursday 19 March 2020 please check this website regularly and before travelling to the event. If there are any changes or cancellations required to the ASI this page will be updated as soon as possible. Advice is available and you are requested to please take careful note of it.

11 March 2020
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The Examining Authority has issued a letter notifying Interested Parties of the following:

  • A request for further information from Natural England
  • A Procedural Decision relating to the Applicant’s change request made at deadline 4
  • A Procedural Decision which amends the Examination Timetable by introducing deadline 6a (19 March 2020)
  • A Procedural Decision which requests comments on submission submitted at deadline 6a by deadline 7
  • A further Accompanied Site Inspection (19 March 2020)

The Deadline 6 Submissions have now been published and the Examination Library has been updated.

09 March 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an additional submission from Surrey County Council.

The Examination Library has been updated.

27 February 2020
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Barton Willmore has formally withdrawn the objections it previously raised on behalf of its client St Edward Homes Ltd.

The Examination Library has been updated.

25 February 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept a late Deadline 5 submission (Ground Level Tree Assessment) from Rushmoor Borough Council and an Additional Submission from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP on behalf of SGN. These have been added to the Examination Library.

24 February 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept additional submissions from Heronscourt & Colville Gardens Residents Associations and Rushmoor Borough Council.

Thrings LLP has formally withdrawn the objections it previously raised on behalf of its clients Mr M Morton.

These have been added to the Examination Library.

21 February 2020
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The following documents have today been published and added to the Examination Library:

We have been advised by the Applicant that the car parking at the Village Hotel is managed by a third party and if someone forgets to register their car with the venue, the venue has no power to waive a fine. There will be a free parking code for delegates to use. The Applicant will have someone in reception to provide this number as attendees register their car number plate each day. It will be a different number each day. There is a machine in the hotel entrance or delegates can download the JUSTPARK app and use the code for free parking

17 February 2020
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The agendas for the hearings, scheduled to take place during the week commencing 24 February 2020, have been published.

We have been advised by the Applicant that the car parking at the Village Hotel is managed by a third party and if someone forgets to register their car with the venue, the venue has no power to waive a fine. There will be a free parking code for delegates to use. The Applicant will have someone in reception to provide this number as attendees register their car number plate each day. It will be a different number each day. There is a machine in the hotel entrance or delegates can download the JUSTPARK app and use the code for free parking.

17 February 2020
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It has been brought to our attention that some links contained within the Applicant’s Deadline 3 submission (REP3017) are not accurate. The Applicant has now corrected this and the previous document has been superseded by additional submission AS-073.

This has been added to the Examination Library.

10 February 2020
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The Examining Authority has issued a procedural decision relating to Works Nos 6B, 6C and 7A and a request for Further Information from Esso Petroleum Company, Limited relating to Valve 3, Valve 9 and Abbey Rangers FC, Ashford.

06 February 2020
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The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept a late Deadline 4 submission from The Heronscourt and Colville Gardens Residents Associations.
This has been added to the Examination Library.

05 February 2020
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Deadline 4 submissions have now been published and the Examination Library has been updated.

03 February 2020
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Thrings LLP has formally withdrawn the objections it previously raised on behalf of its clients Froyle Land Limited.

21 January 2020
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The following documents have today been published and added to the Examination Library:

13 January 2020
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The Deadline 3 Submissions have been published.

These include Thrings LLP’s formal withdrawals of objections previously raised on behalf of its clients James Antony Reed, Lady Janet Diones Glover and Merrick Hugh Denton-Thompson and Joan Louise Denton-Thompson.

20 December 2019
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The Examining Authority has today written to Natural England, Sport England and Hart District Council requesting further information under Rule 17 of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 (as amended) by Deadline 4 (30 January 2020). The published letter has been added to the Examination Library.

12 December 2019
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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
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14 May 2019