M54 to M6 Link Road

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 October 2020
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
21 October 2020
Open Floor Hearing 1
Open Floor Hearing 1
 Date Passed
21 October 2020
Start of Examination
Examination Begins
 Date Passed
03 November 2020
Deadline 1 (D1)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to Written Questions, issued on
20 July 2020 [PD-010]
• Comments on Applicant’s change
application of 29 May 2020 [AS-004],
accepted on 20 July 2020 [PD-005]
• Comments on Additional Documents
submitted by the Applicant and other
parties since the application was accepted
[AS-001] to [AS-059]
• Comments on Relevant Representations
(RRs)
• Summaries of all RRs exceeding 1500
words
• Written Representations (WRs)
• Summaries of all WRs exceeding 1500
words
• Applicant’s submission of Integrity
matrices as to effects on European sites
• Post Hearing submissions including written
summaries following PM and OFH1
• Interested Party comments on Applicant’s
suggested ASI itinerary
• Local Impact Reports (LIRs) (Annex B)
• Statements of Common Ground (SoCG)
requested by the ExA (Annex B)
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
03 November 2020
Procedural Deadline C

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Notification by Statutory Parties of their
wish to be considered as an IP by the ExA
• Notification of wish to speak at an Open
Floor Hearing (OFH2)
• Notification of wish to make oral
representations at an Issue Specific
Hearings (ISH) together with indication of
specific topics that the party wishes the
ExA to discuss
• Notification of wish to speak at a
Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAHs)
• Notification of wish to have future
correspondence received electronically
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
17 November 2020
Deadline 2 (D2)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on responses to the ExA’s
Written Questions
• Applicant’s first revised draft DCO
• Responses to comments on RRs
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received by D1
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline including the question relating to publicity
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
17 November 2020
Procedural Deadline D

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Confirmation as to wish to participate or
observe at Hearings scheduled for
December 2020
• Notification of wish to attend, or part
attend, an ASI should this be possible
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
24 November 2020
Deadline 3 (D3)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on WRs
• Comments on SoCGs
• Comments on LIRs
• Comments on Applicant’s first revised draft
DCO
• Comments on Integrity matrices as to
effects on European sites
• Submission by the Applicant of low resolution documents (see Annex F)
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received by D2
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
01 December 2020
Deadline 3A (D3A)

Deadline for the receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on the Changes accepted on
29 October 2020
View the documents received relating to this deadline
 Date Passed
04 December 2020
Issue by the ExA of
Issue by the ExA of Further Written Questions (if necessary)
 
08 December 2020
Hearings
Dates reserved for:

• Open Floor Hearing (OFH2) (if required)
• Issue Specific Hearings (ISH 1 to 3) (if
required)


Possible topics:
o Air Quality
o Biodiversity
o Cultural Heritage
o Green Belt
o Geology and Soils
o Landscape and visual
o Noise and Vibration
o Socio-Economics
o Traffic and Transport
o Water issues
o Draft DCO

• Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1) (if
required)

Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 December 2020
 
15 December 2020
Hearing Reserve Dates
Dates reserved for hearings (if necessary due
to overrun or technical issues) Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 December 2020
 
18 December 2020
Procedural Deadline EA

• Confirmation as to wish to participate or
observe at Hearings scheduled for January
2021 (should they take place)
 
08 January 2021
Deadline 4 (D4)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Post December 2020 Hearing submissions
including written submissions of oral case
• Any revised/updated SoCG
• Responses to the ExA’s Further Written
Questions (if issued)
• Applicant’s revised draft DCO (if required)
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received by D3 and D3A
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
 
18 January 2021
Publication of ExA's Site Inspection Timetable
Publication of ExA’s Site Inspection Timetable
for Site Inspections identified for 9 and
10 February 2021
 
19 January 2021
Dates reserved for Hearings
Hearings

Dates reserved for hearings (if necessary, in
respect of the Changes accepted on
29 October 2020)

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 January 2021
 
20 January 2021
Deadline 5 (D5)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Comments on any revised/updated SoCG
(if any)
• Comments on Applicant’s revised draft
DCO (if any)
• Comments on responses to ExA’s further
written questions (if issued)
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received by D4
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
 
29 January 2021
Publication of ExA's Third Set of Written Questions (if required)
Publication of the ExA’s Third set of Written Questions (if
required)
 
01 February 2021
Deadline for confirmation that Site Inspections
access can be provided and matters that
parties would like the ExA to particularly look
for at Site Inspection on 9/10 February
 
09 February 2021
Site Inspection
Dates reserved for Site Inspection - Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February 2021
 
12 February 2021
Deadline 6 (D6)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Post January 2021 Hearing submissions
including written submissions of oral case
(if required)
• Responses to the ExA’s Third set of Written
Questions (if required)
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received by D5
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
 
26 February 2021
Publication of the RIES and ExA's proposed schedule of changes to the draft DCO (if required)
Publication of:
• Report on the Implications for European
Sites (RIES) (if required)
• The ExA’s proposed schedule of changes to
the draft DCO (if required)
 
05 March 2021
Procedural Deadline F

Confirmation as to wish to participate or
observe the Open Floor Hearings, Issue
Specific Hearings, Compulsory Acquisition
Hearings and Accompanied site visit in
March (if required).
 
16 March 2021
Dates reserved for:

• Further Issue Specific Hearings (if
required)
• Further Issue Specific Hearing on the draft
DCO (if required)
• Further Open Floor Hearing (if required)
• Further Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (if
required)
• Further Accompanied Site Inspection (if
required)

Tuesday 16 - Thursday 18 March and Tuesday 23 March 2021
 
26 March 2021
Deadline 7 (D7)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Post March 2021 Hearing submissions
including written submissions of oral case
(if required)
• Comments on responses to the ExA’s
further Written Questions (if required)
• Comments on the RIES (if issued)
• Comments on the ExA’s proposed schedule
of changes to the draft DCO (if issued)
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by D6
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
 
07 April 2021
Deadline 8 (D8)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

• Responses to comments on the RIES (if
issued)
Responses to comments on the ExA’s
proposed schedule of changes to the draft
DCO (if issued)
• Final DCO to be submitted by the Applicant
in the SI template with the SI template
validation report (MS Word)
• Final updated Book of Reference
• Final SoCGs
• Final Statement of Commonality of SoCG
• Final Compulsory Acquisition Schedule
• Final updated Guide to the Application
• Comments on any additional information/
submissions received by D7
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
 
16 April 2021
Deadline 9 (D9)

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
• Comments on any additional
information/submissions received
• Responses to any further information
requested by the ExA for this deadline
• Statements of Final Position in respect of
matters examined
 
20 April 2021
The ExA is under a duty to complete the
Examination of the application by the end of
the period of 6 months beginning with the day
after the close of the Preliminary Meeting.
 
21 April 2021
Deadline for close of examination