What happens next

The Procedural Decision made after the Preliminary Meeting will be published on our website and will also be available on request from [email protected] and our helpline: 0303 444 5000. Importantly, this Procedural Decision will set the timetable for the Examination. The Examination Timetable will, amongst other things, set deadlines for receipt of detailed Written Representations and for comments on the Relevant Representations made by other Interested Parties.

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 (21 items)

For those wishing to observe the Hearings that will be held during the week commencing 19 September 2022, here is the link to the livestream (which remains the same for all Hearings relating to this project).

The recording and transcript for the Preliminary Meeting have been published.

21 September 2022
Examination begins
21 September 2022

For those wishing to observe the Hearings that will be held during the week commencing 19 September 2022, here is the link to the livestream (which remains the same for all Hearings relating to this project).

16 September 2022

The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Monday 5 September 2022, Tuesday 6 September 2022 and Wednesday 7 September 2022. (PDF, 180KB)

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. (PDF, 117KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 407KB) has been updated.

16 September 2022

The agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) into the dDCO (PDF, 208 KB) on Wednesday 21 September 2022 has now been published.

The agenda for the Preliminary Meeting and Open Floor Hearing 1 can be found in Annex A and G of the Rule 6 letter (PDF, 697 KB) respectively.

These have been added to the Examination Library (PDF, 407 KB).

13 September 2022

Submissions for Procedural Deadline A have now been published and added to the Examination Library.

12 September 2022

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.

23 August 2022

The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Monday 1, Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August 2022 (PDF, 502 KB)

The Examining Authority has also used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Natural England (PDF, 69 KB) and to invite the following other persons to participate in the examination:

-Janet Finch-Saunders MS, Ireland, France, Natural England, NatureScot and DAERA.

22 August 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Janet Finch-Saunders MS (PDF, 446KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 402KB) has been updated.

22 July 2022

The Examining Authority has used its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) (PDF, 26KB)

Relevant Representations have also been published.

The Examination Library will be updated shortly.

12 July 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
12 July 2022

The Examining Authority carried out Unaccompanied Site Inspections on Monday 27 June 2022, Tuesday 28 June 2022 and Wednesday 29 June 2022. (PDF, 397KB) The note will be added to the Examination Library shortly.

08 July 2022
Registration of interested parties closes
06 July 2022

This project is at the Pre-examination stage. If you want to comment on this proposed project, you can now register to have your say. Registration will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

The Applicant submitted a set of documents on 6 June 2022, in response to s51 advice issued post-Acceptance. The Examining Authority has accepted them as additional submissions.

An additional document 6.3.3 Environmental Statement – Volume 3 – Chapter 3 – Socio-Economics (PDF, 3MB) has now been published.

09 June 2022

This project is at the Pre-examination stage. If you want to comment on this proposed project, you can now register to have your say. Registration will close at 23:59 on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

The Applicant submitted a set of documents on 6 June 2022, in response to s51 advice issued post-Acceptance. The Examining Authority has accepted them as additional submissions.

08 June 2022

Please note, a notification was previously sent confirming the Relevant Representations had been published. This was an error and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

31 May 2022
Registration of interested parties begins
30 May 2022
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

18 May 2022
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
18 May 2022
  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
20 April 2022