Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

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.

19/04/2021 - 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 (30 items)

Deadline 2 submissions have been published.

Agendas for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (PDF, 160 KB) on Friday 4 December 2020 and Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020.

25 November 2020

Agendas for the Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (PDF, 160 KB) on Friday 4 December 2020 and Issue Specific Hearing on draft Development Consent Order (PDF, 164 KB) on Monday 7 December 2020 have been published.

Please note, if you would like to attend any of these hearings, contact the Case Team on: [email protected] by Deadline 2 on 23 November 2020.

13 November 2020

Responses to Deadline 1 have been published.

04 November 2020

Read the letter

 

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following representation as an Additional Submission:

North Somerset District Council  (PDF, 796 KB)

26 October 2020

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

26 October 2020

The recordings from the Preliminary Meeting and Open Floor Hearing have been published:

Preliminary Meeting Part 1 – 06 Oct 2020
Preliminary Meeting Part 2 – 19 Oct 2020
Open Floor Hearing – 19 Oct 2020

21 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 2:00PM on Monday 19 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

The recording of Preliminary Meeting Part 1 is available here

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Open Floor Hearing (OFH) have been sent. The Livestream of OFH is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the OFH will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 6.30PM on Monday 19 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

19 October 2020
Examination begins
19 October 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

The Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) and Open Floor Hearing will commence on the 19 October 2020 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM respectively.

Responses to Procedural Deadline B have been published

If you have any questions please contact the case team at : [email protected]

15 October 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) has been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB). Any written responses to matters discussed during the Meeting can be submitted by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

The Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) will commence on the 19 October 2020 at 2 PM. Please let the case team know by procedural Deadline B if you would like to attend/be heard at the Preliminary Meeting Part 2.

Additional Submissions: Following the request from the Examining Authority at the Preliminary Meeting: Part 1 the Applicant has submitted a number of updated application documents which have now been published.

Reminder: The deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form

07 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

Response to Documents requested in Rule 6 letter have now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

06 October 2020
Preliminary Meeting takes place
06 October 2020

Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.

Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.

We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (14 October 2020).

Response to Documents requested in Rule 6 letter have now been published and added to the Examination Library (PDF, 306 KB).

05 October 2020

The Examining Authority has recently conducted Unaccompanied Site Inspections (USI1 & USI2). Notes from these visits have been added to the Examination Library .

Applicants response to s51 advice and Additional Submissions submitted as a result of s51 advice have been published.

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

02 October 2020

Applicants response to s51 advice and Additional Submissions submitted as a result of s51 advice have been published.

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

23 September 2020

Responses to the Rule 6 letter at Procedural Deadline A have been published.

Due to limited number of responses, the deadline for requests to be heard at the Open Floor Hearing on 19 October 2020 has been extended to Procedural Deadline B on 14 October 2020. If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

22 September 2020

The agenda for the Open Floor Hearing (PDF, 94kb) scheduled for 19 October 2020 has now been published.

If you wish to participate at this hearing, please complete the Open Floor Hearing involvement form.

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11 September 2020

The Rule 6 letter (PDF 712kb) notifying of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) 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 (21 September 2020).

Further information is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 192kb) document.

07 September 2020

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.

07 September 2020

The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following representations as Additional Submissions during Pre-examination:

Cotswolds Conservation Board (PDF 283KB) published on 6 August 2020
Peter Kirsen (PDF 118KB) published on 6 August 2020
Burges Salmon LLP on behalf of The Crown Estate (PDF 3MB) published on 6 August 2020
Jonathan Rainey (PDF 71KB) published on 6 August 2020
Cardiff Council (PDF 111KB) published on 12 August 2020
NATS Safeguarding (PDF 4MB) published on 12 August 2020
North Somerset Council (PDF 830KB) published on 12 August 2020
Utility Assets Ltd. (PDF 119KB) published on 12 August 2020
North Somerset Council (PDF 775KB) published on 4 September 2020

03 September 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a letter to update Interested Parties on the progress of the application and to request further information, in the form of a Questionnaire, to help seek views regarding future events.

The deadline for Questionnaire responses is 30 July 2020.

16 July 2020

Consistent with the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 May 2020, the Examining Authority is considering whether and how virtual events should proceed for this case, including the practical measures needed to ensure fair participation by all. An update will be provided as soon as one is available.

14 May 2020

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. Please email the project mailbox: [email protected]

01 April 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
06 March 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
26 February 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
14 January 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

12 December 2019
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
12 December 2019

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 15 November 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.

19 November 2019
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
15 November 2019