What happens next
Part 1 of the Preliminary Meeting was held on 20 October 2020. Part 2 of the Preliminary Meeting will now be held on Tuesday 16 February 2021.
The Preliminary Meeting is held in public and concerns procedural matters only. 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, setting the timetable for the Examination including deadlines for receipt of detailed Written Representations and for comments on the Relevant Representations made by other Interested Parties, will be made after the Preliminary Meeting and will be published on this project page. It will also be available on request from [email protected] and our helpline: 0303 444 5000.
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 (16 items)
The Examining Authority has made a Procedural Decision to postpone the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) due to take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020 until Tuesday 16 February 2021. His letter which includes other Procedural decisions can be read here Procedural Decision to postpone the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) and other Procedural Decisions (PDF, 280 KB).
The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) held on Wednesday 20 October 2020 has now been published.
The Rule 6 letter – Notification of the preliminary meeting and matters to be discussed (PDF, 534 KB) has been issued.
This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable, notification of an Open Floor Hearing, and other related matters.
Interested Parties wishing to participate in the PM must complete the Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form (by Procedural Deadline A (Tuesday 6 October 2020).
Further information is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 145 KB) document.
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.
The deadline for Questionnaire responses is Sunday 13 September 2020.
You can now register as an Interested PartyRegister online
If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the helpline on 0303 444 5000 or email the project mailbox, as found on the project page, for advice on how to register.
For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination
The Applicant’s responses to the post-acceptance s51 advice have been published in advance of the Preliminary Meeting.
The application has been accepted for examination
If the Application is accepted for Examination the application documents will be published and will be found in the ‘Documents’ section of this project page.