Stafford Area Improvements – Norton Bridge Railway

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Stafford Area Improvements - Norton Bridge Railway was taken on 31 March 2014 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all Interested Parties accompanying the Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (32 items)

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Decision made by the Secretary of State
31 March 2014
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The Examining Authority’s recommendation report has been sent to the Secretary of State for Transport.

A decision will be made on or before 3 April 2014.

03 January 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
03 January 2014
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The examination has now closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State.

See Section 99 letter – close of examination

14 October 2013
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Examination ends

14 October 2013
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10 October 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the ExA of responses to the ExA’s request for further information issued on 04 October 2013

08 October 2013
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2 October 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the Examining Authority on the revised version of the final draft development consent order.

01 October 2013
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18 September 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:
– comments on responses to any further written questions; and
– any written summary of the oral cases put at the second DCO hearing

16 September 2013
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An agenda has been published for the development consent order issue specific hearing on Wednesday 11 September 2013

09 September 2013
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Wednesday 4 September 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the Examining Authority of:

– the final draft Development Consent Order; and
– responses to the Examining Authority’s second round of written questions.

30 August 2013
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Thursday 29 August – Deadline for receipt by the ExA of RIES consultation responses.

Comments on the draft Development Consent Order have been received from Stafford Borough Council

16 August 2013
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Wednesday 14 August 2013 – Deadline for receipt by the ExA of comments on responses to the ExA’s request for further information issued on 26 June 2013

The Examining Authority has issued a second round of questions and consultation on the matrices to inform the Report on the Implications for European Sites.

08 August 2013
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The following have been published:
Responses to the further information requested by the Examining Authority
Updated draft development consent order submitted 31 July 2013
Documents submitted following the compulsory acquisition hearing
Documents submitted following the ecology and landscape issue specific hearing

Deadline for receipt by the Examining Authority of:
– Any written summary of the oral cases put at the compulsory acquisition hearing
– Any written summary of the oral cases put at the open floor hearing

Wednesday 7 August 2013

05 August 2013
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Next deadline is 31 July:
– Deadline for receipt by the Examining Authority of responses to the request for further information issued on 26 June 2013

29 July 2013
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18 July 2013
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The following have been published:
Comments on the Local Impact Report
Staffordshire County Council’s written summary of their oral case at the DCO hearing
Network Rail’s submission on the use of oral questioning at the compulsory acquisition and issue specific hearings

The next events are the compulsory acquisition hearing on Tuesday 23 July and the issue specific hearing on landscape and ecology matters on Wednesday 24 July.

05 July 2013
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Next deadline is 3 July:
– Comments on LIRs
– Any written summary of the oral cases put at the DCO hearing
– Submissions as to whether there should be oral questioning by another person at any compulsory acquisition or issue specific hearings (if these are to be held)

See the examination timetable for a list of examination deadlines.

24 June 2013
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The Examining authority has issued a letter with details of the open floor hearing, issue specific hearings in relation to the DCO and details of the accompanied site visit

17 May 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

30 April 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
18 April 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft timetable for examination of the application and statement of principal issues.

26 March 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
26 February 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
22 February 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
17 January 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

10 January 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
10 January 2013
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
19 December 2012