M54 to M6 Link Road

What happens next

Details of the Preliminary Meeting will be announced here shortly.

The Examining Authority will carry out an Initial Assessment of Principal Issues derived from its reading of the application and the Relevant Representations received and set a date for the Preliminary Meeting.

Interested Parties will receive an invitation to the Preliminary Meeting which is to discuss procedural matters only, and is held in public. It is not essential to attend the Preliminary Meeting. Whether or not an Interested Party chooses to attend the Preliminary Meeting, they will still be sent details of how to further take part in the Examination.

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 (10 items)

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

12 June 2020
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Relevant representations published on the website
11 June 2020
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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
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Registration of interested parties closes
18 May 2020
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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
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Registration of interested parties begins
09 March 2020
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The application has been accepted for examination

28 February 2020
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
28 February 2020
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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
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
31 January 2020