Portishead Branch Line – MetroWest Phase 1

This page sets out the timetable for the examination of the application. It includes the deadlines for submissions to be made to the Planning Inspectorate and the dates of events taking place during the Examination. The Examination Timetable is also set out in an annex to the Rule 8 letter that was sent to Interested Parties at the start of the Examination.

Event DateDescription
 Date Passed
21 September 2020
Procedural Deadline A

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Responses to the R6 Letter
• Written submissions on Examination procedure
• Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary
Meeting Part 1
• Requests to be heard orally at the Open Floor
Hearing
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 Date Passed
22 September 2020
Applicant’s response to Section 51 Advice
 Date Passed
02 October 2020
Documents requested in Rule 6 letter

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• progress update on Statements of Common
Ground (SoCG)
• update on the progress that has been made with
Affected Persons
• request for the submission of suggested
locations/ sites for the ExA to visit as part of the
Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) 1
• submission of draft responses to the Relevant
Representations by the Applicant
 Date Passed
14 October 2020
Procedural Deadline B

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Written submissions on Examination procedure
responding to matters raised orally in the
Preliminary Meeting Part 1
• Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary
Meeting Part 2
 Date Passed
19 October 2020
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
19 October 2020
Open Floor Hearing
Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1)
 Date Passed
26 October 2020
Issue by the ExA of
• Examination Timetable
• The ExA’s Written Questions (ExQ1)
 Date Passed
02 November 2020
Deadline 1

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Notification of wish to speak at Compulsory
Acquisition Hearing (CAH)
• Notification of wish to speak at a future Open
Floor Hearing (OFH)
• Notification of wish to attend an ASI
• Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish
to be considered as an Interested Party (IP)
by the ExA
• Notification of wish to have future
correspondence received electronically
• Comments on Relevant Representations (RRs)
(if not already submitted)
• Summaries of all RRs exceeding 1500 words
• Applicant to provide a draft itinerary for the
ASI
• Updated Book of Reference
• Local Impact Reports (LIR) from any local
authorities
• Initial SoCG
• Statement of Commonality of SoCG
• Post hearing submissions including written
summaries of oral case put at the OFH
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 Date Passed
23 November 2020
Deadline 2

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Notification of wish to speak at an Issue
Specific Hearing (ISH)
• Response to the ExA’s ExQ1
• Written Representations (WR’s)
• Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
• Comments on the LIR(s)
• Applicant to provide Guide to the Application
• Applicant to provide Compulsory
Acquisition Schedule (CA Schedule)
• An updated version of the draft Development
Consent Order (dDCO) in clean, tracked and
word versions (if required as a result of ExA’s
ExQ1)
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Comments on responses to RRs
• Comments on the Applicants draft itinerary for
the ASI
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 1
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 Date Passed
04 December 2020
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH)
 Date Passed
07 December 2020
Issue Specific Hearing 1
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH1) on the draft Development Consent Order
 Date Passed
21 December 2020
Deadline 3

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Post hearing submissions including written
summaries of oral case put at any of the
hearings
• Comments on WR
• An updated Guide to the Application
• An updated version of the dDCO in clean,
tracked and Word versions
• An updated CA Schedule
• Comments on the responses to the
ExA’s ExQ1
• Progressed SoCG and an updated Statement
of Commonality of SoCG
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 2
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 Date Passed
11 January 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 2
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH2) (Day 1 of 2) on Environmental Matters
 Date Passed
12 January 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 3
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH3) (Day 2 of 2) on Environmental Matters
 Date Passed
13 January 2021
Issue Specific Hearing
Issue Specific Hearing (Reserve date)
 Date Passed
19 January 2021
Deadline 4

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Post hearing submissions including written
summaries of oral case put at any of the
hearings
• Comments on the Applicants updated dDCO
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 3
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 Date Passed
26 January 2021
Publication by the ExA of
• ExA’s further Written Questions (ExQ2) (if required)
 Date Passed
16 February 2021
Deadline 5

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Responses to the ExA’s ExQ2 (If published)
• An updated Guide to the Application
• An updated version of the dDCO in clean,
tracked and Word versions
• An updated CA Schedule
• Progressed SoCG and an updated Statement
of Commonality of SoCG
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 4
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 Date Passed
02 March 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 4
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH4) on the draft Development Consent Order
 Date Passed
03 March 2021
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH2)
 Date Passed
04 March 2021
Issue Specific Hearing 5
Issue Specific Hearing (ISH5) on Environmental Matters (if required)
 Date Passed
05 March 2021
Hearings
Hearings (Reserve date)
 Date Passed
15 March 2021
Deadline 6

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Post hearing submissions including written
summaries of oral case put at any of the
hearings
• Comments on responses to the ExA’s ExQ2 (if
published)
• An updated Guide to the Application
• An updated version of the dDCO in clean,
tracked and Word versions
• An updated CA Schedule
• Progressed SoCG and an updated Statement
of Commonality of SoCG
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 5
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 Date Passed
29 March 2021
Issue by the ExA of.
• The Report into the implications for European
Sites (RIES) (if required)
• The ExA’s preferred dDCO or commentary on
the dDCO (if required)
 Date Passed
14 April 2021
Deadline 7

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Comments on the RIES (if required)
• Comments on the ExA’s preferred dDCO (if
required)
• Final SoCG and Statement of Commonality of
SoCG, also listing matters not agreed (in
circumstances where a SoCG could not be
finalised)
• Final version of the dDCO in clean, tracked
and Word versions
• Final dDCO to be submitted by the Applicant in
the SI template with the SI template
validation report
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Final Guide to the Application
• Final CA schedule
• Signed and dated planning obligations (if
required)
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by Deadline 6
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19 April 2021
Deadline for close of examination