M54 to M6 Link Road

What happens next

Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.

Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.

21/04/2021 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.

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 (38 items)

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