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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.

16/05/2022 - 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 (19 items)

The following documents have been published:

The Examination Library (PDF, 730 KB) has been updated.

16 November 2021

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

16 November 2021
Examination begins
16 November 2021

Preliminary Meeting Part 2, Tuesday 16 November 2021 – Update

The Examining Authority (ExA) has considered the comments and representations made at Procedural Deadline B and has decided that there are no procedural matters which need to be explored orally. As a result, in accordance with paragraph 7.5 of the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.6 (Virtual Events), the ExA does not consider there is a need to reconvene the Preliminary Meeting (PM) and will instead formally close the PM through a written Procedural Decision sent to all Interested Parties on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

This means that a virtual meeting (PM Part 2) will no longer be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021 and the Examination will start following the written close of the PM.

12 November 2021

The video recording and transcript from the Preliminary Meeting Part 1 have now been published.

03 November 2021

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) Part 1 have been sent.

The Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe in real-time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting LIVE once it opens at 10:00am on Tuesday 2 November 2021. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there will be an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (Wednesday 10 November 2021).

02 November 2021
Preliminary Meeting takes place
02 November 2021

The responses to Procedural Deadline A have now been published.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Applicant in response to the section 51 advice and section 55 checklist issued on 29 June 2021.

Submissions from Dr Stephen Hill (PDF, 90 KB) and Dr William Rimington (PDF, 6 KB) have also been accepted as Additional Submissions.

26 October 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from various parties.

The Rule 6 letter (PDF, 351 KB) notifying of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) has been issued. This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable and other related matters.

06 October 2021

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.

30 September 2021

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from:

10 September 2021
Relevant representations published on the website
10 September 2021
Registration of interested parties closes
02 September 2021
Registration of interested parties begins
22 July 2021
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

29 June 2021
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
29 June 2021

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Tuesday 1 June 2021.

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).

01 June 2021
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
01 June 2021