M54 to M6 Link Road

What happens next

The Examining Authority issued a report of recommendation to the Secretary of State on 21 July 2021. The Secretary of State has set a new deadline for this application which is 21 April 2022. The decision letter and report of recommendation will be published on this page of the website once a decision has been made.

Timeline (68 items)

The Secretary of State has decided to re-set the statutory deadline for decision on this application to 21 April 2022. For further information, please refer to the written statement laid in Parliament.

21 October 2021

The Secretary of State has issued a consultation letter, (PDF, 140 KB) giving all interested Parties, the Applicant, Cadent Gas Limited and Western Power Distribution Limited the opportunity to comment. Please respond to the letter by Tuesday 5 October 2021.

21 September 2021

The Secretary of State has issued a consultation letter (PDF, 156 KB) requesting comments from Highways England, Cadent Gas Limited, Severn Trent Water Limited and Western Power Limited by 23 August 2021.

09 August 2021
Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
21 July 2021

The S99 Notification of the Close of the Examination (PDF, 99KB) has been published

Prior to the close of the Examination the following documents were received and accepted by the Examining Authority:

From the Applicant: Close of Examination Letter (PDF, 35KB)
From the Applicant: Guide to the Application (PDF, 422KB)
From the Applicant: Guide to the Application (Tracked) (PDF, 486KB)
From the Applicant: Planning Obligation relating to Whitgreave’s Wood (PDF, 11MB)
From National Grid, withdrawing their Relevant Representation (PDF, 74KB)

22 April 2021
The Examination closes at 23:59 on 21st April 2021.
21 April 2021

The submissions for Deadline 9 have now been published.

19 April 2021

The Examining Authority has published a Rule 17 Request for Further Information.

13 April 2021

Following the issue of the Rule 9 letter dated 31 March 2021, email notifications of the publication of this notice were not issued until today. Therefore the ExA has issued a further Rule 9 Notification (PDF, 100KB) which provides an extension to the deadline for comments on the Applicant’s 360 degree photography which can be viewed at this address: holobuilder.com/app/?p=f9280e39-443f-4521-9b18-7e7ab56d2f61.

The submissions for Deadline 8 have now been published.

08 April 2021

The Examining Authority’s Rule 9 Notification (PDF, 137 KB) has been published.

Highways England supplied 360° photography for Deadline 6A (12 March 2021). These images can be viewed, as intended, as a 360° panorama in your browser from this link: https://app.holobuilder.com/app/?p=f9280e39-443f-4521-9b18-7e7ab56d2f61

The submissions for Deadline 7 have now been published.

31 March 2021

The Applicant has provided 360 degree photography (ZIP, 239 MB) and a video (Document, 4KB) as requested by the Examining Authority in their Procedural Decision of 29 January 2021.

Please note that the video has been redacted to remove the image of a person’s face from the footage in order to meet our data protection policy.

16 March 2021

The Examining Authority’s  Notification of decisions on proposed change, Site Inspections, Hearings scheduled for March 2021, and associated matters has been published.

23 February 2021

The submissions for Deadline 6 have now been published.

17 February 2021

The submission for Deadline 5A  have now been published.

28 January 2021

The submissions for Deadline 5 have now been published.

21 January 2021

The ExA has issued a Procedural Decision (PDF, 257 KB) to notify of the postponement of the Site Inspection and associated variations of timetable for the Examination.

A letter from the Applicant (PDF, 1 MB) containing their response to the ExA’s Acceptance of Change Request Notification 7 January 2021 and their agreement with the landowner has also been published.

19 January 2021

The submissions for Deadline 4 have now been published.

12 January 2021

The Examining Authority has given notification of its decision to accept the Change Request (PDF, 142KB) made by the Applicant on 17 December 2020.

ExA Letter Accepting Changes to Land Plans (PDF, 113 KB)

The revised documents in relation to the Change Request have been accepted by the Examining Authority as additional submissions

07 January 2021

The Examining Authority’s Rules 8(3) and 9 Notification of decisions (PDF, 198 KB) to cancel the hearings reserved for 19 and 20 January 2021 and change to the Examination timetable has been published.

The Applicant’s response to Procedural Deadline EA has been published.

On 17 December 2020 the Applicant also submitted a Change Request.

22 December 2020

The Applicant’s response to Procedural Deadline EA has been published.

On 17 December 2020 the Applicant also submitted a Change Request.

21 December 2020

The recordings for Issue Specific Hearing 1 (Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage), Issue Specific Hearing 2 (Traffic and Transport), Issue Specific Hearing 3 (Draft Development Consent Order) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 have now been published.

The Action Points from the Hearings held 8 – 10 December (PDF, 101 KB) have now been published

The dates reserved for the continuation of the ISH1, ISH2, ISH3 and CAH1 (Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 December) are no longer required and therefore are cancelled.

11 December 2020

The Examining Authority has issued its further written questions and requests for information – ExQ2 (PDF, 421 KB)

04 December 2020

The submissions for Deadline 3A have now been published.

02 December 2020

The Deadline 3 Submissions have been published.

26 November 2020

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8(3) and 9 Notice of Postponement to the Site Inspection and Variation to the Examination Timetable (PDF, 202KB) has been published, along with submissions for Deadline 2 and Procedural Deadline D.

19 November 2020

The Examining Authority’s Rule 9 and 13 Notice of Hearings 8 – 10 December 2020 (PDF 165KB) has been published.

17 November 2020

The submissions for Deadline 1 and Procedural Deadline C have now been published.

06 November 2020

The Examining Authority’s Rule 8 letter (PDF, 218 KB) has been published, giving details of the Examination Timetable and other important information about the Examination.

22 October 2020

Read the letter

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

22 October 2020

The recording of Open Floor Hearing 1, held on Wednesday 21 October 2020, has now been published.

The Open Floor Hearing 1 was concluded on that date, therefore the reserved Open Floor Hearing for 22 October 2020 will not be required.

21 October 2020
Examination begins
21 October 2020

The recording of the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2), held on Tuesday 20 October 2020, has now been published.

20 October 2020

The Applicant, Highways England, submitted a letter on Friday 9 October 2020 (PDF, 39 KB) requesting a change to the accepted Application along with accompanying documents.

The ExA will issue a decision on whether to accept this change by no later than Friday 6 November 2020.

16 October 2020

The Agendas for the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 (Tuesday 20 October 2020) (PDF, 63 KB) and the Open Floor Hearing 1 (Wednesday 21 October 2020) (PDF, 63 KB) have now been published.

Written Responses to Matters Discussed at Preliminary Meeting Part 1 (PDF, 28 KB) submitted for Procedural Deadline B have also now been published.

15 October 2020

The recordings of the Preliminary Meeting Part 1, held on 1 October 2020, have now been published.

PM and OFH Involvement Form

If you would like to make written comments on Preliminary Meeting Part 1, register to participate in Preliminary Meeting (PM) Part 2  on 20 October 2020 and/or register to participate in Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) on 21 October 2020 please complete the PM and OFH1 Involvement form by Procedural Deadline B (Monday 12 October 2020)

02 October 2020

In addition to the written comments (PDF, 159 KB) submitted by Procedural Deadline A, the Examining Authority has accepted the following submissions (PDF, 174 KB) in advance of the Preliminary Meeting part 1.

02 October 2020
Preliminary Meeting takes place
01 October 2020

Further to the Rule 6 letter published on 20 August 2020, please note it has been decided that the Preliminary Meeting part 1 on Thursday 1 October 2020 will not be live streamed.

The Meeting will be recorded and the recording published on the NI Project webpage as soon as possible following the event. Written comments on any procedural matters raised at the event should be provided by Procedural Deadline B (Monday 12 October 2020) before the second part of the Preliminary Meeting on Tuesday 20 October 2020.

29 September 2020

The Examining Authority has accepted the following written comments (PDF, 159 KB) submitted by Procedural Deadline A .

18 September 2020

The Examining Authority has accepted the Applicant’s draft Accompanied Site Visit Itinerary (PDF, 922kb) as an additional submission.

14 September 2020

The notification of the Preliminary Meeting (PM) (Rule 6 letter) (PDF 518kb) has been issued. This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable, notification of an Open Floor Hearing, and other related matters.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF 213kb) have been updated.

Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form

Interested Parties wishing to participate in the PM must complete the Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form by Procedural Deadline A (10 September 2020).

The Examining Authority has issued a notification to clarify the Statements of Common Ground that are requested (PDF 147kb).

25 August 2020

Following the Applicant’s notification of proposed scheme changes (PDF, 4MB) and the Examining Authority’s response, (PDF, 118KB) the Applicant is undertaking consultation on their proposed changes. If you wish to respond to this consultation please contact the Applicant directly on 0300 123 5000 or [email protected].

24 August 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.

20 August 2020

The Applicant has submitted a notification of proposed scheme changes (PDF 4MB).

The Examining Authority has responded to the notification of proposed scheme changes (PDF 118KB).

13 August 2020

The deadline for responses to the digital Questionnaire, referred to in the Progress Note issued on 20 July and to be used to plan the Preliminary Meeting and examination going forward, is by close of play Monday 10 August 2020.

03 August 2020

The Examining Authority has issued a Progress Note which set out requests for information, an assessment of principal issues, requests to parties and response to a change request from the Applicant. The deadline for responses to the Questionnaire referred to in the letter is 10 August 2020.

The Examining Authority has also issued its First Written Questions.

20 July 2020

The Examining Authority has exercised their discretion to accept an updated representation on behalf of Nurton Developments (Hilton) Limited.

13 July 2020

The Examining Authority (ExA) has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Natural England.

12 June 2020
Relevant representations published on the website
11 June 2020

The Applicant has informed us that some persons with a legal interest in the land affected by the Proposed Development were not notified of the accepted application and were therefore not made aware of the period within which they could make a Relevant Representation. The Applicant has now notified the omitted persons who have been allowed further time to make Relevant Representations. If you are a person that has received the Applicant’s notification dated 1 June 2020 and need assistance making a Relevant Representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

03 June 2020
Registration of interested parties closes
18 May 2020

You can now register as an Interested PartyRegister online

Please note due to the current health crisis we can no longer send or receive paper forms. If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the helpline on 0303 444 5000 or email the project mailbox, as found on the project page, for advice on how to register.

For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination.

Please note: due to the restrictions around COVID-19 the Relevant Representations period has been extended to Monday 18 May 2020.

15 April 2020
Registration of interested parties begins
09 March 2020
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

28 February 2020
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
28 February 2020

The application documents have now been published.

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 February 2020
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
31 January 2020