Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

What happens next

The Preliminary Meeting will be held on Tuesday 06 October 2020. Invitations to this meeting have been sent to Interested Parties.

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 (14 items)

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.

Site Availability
This site will be unavailable between 18:00 and 20:00 on Monday 14 September 2020 whilst maintenance work is carried out.

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