What happens next
A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for West Midlands Interchange was taken on 04 May 2020 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)
The Secretary of State has accepted a late representation from South Staffordshire District Council (PDF, 447KB) in response to the application for a non-material change to the West Midlands Interchange Development Consent Order.
The Secretary of State has published a letter inviting comments from any Interested Party on the consultation responses received (PDF, 142KB) in relation to the application for a Non-Material Change to The West Midlands Interchange Order 2020.
The deadline for any response is 23:59 18 September 2023.
The Applicant’s response to the consultation responses received (PDF, 366KB) in relation to the Non-Material Change Application has been published.
The Secretary of State has accepted a late representation from Network Rail (PDF, 559 KB) in response to the application for a non-material change to the West Midlands Interchange Development Consent Order.
Representations received in response to the application for a non-material change to the West Midlands Interchange Development Consent Order have been published.
An application for a non-material change to the West Midlands Interchange Development Consent Order has been made by Four Ashes Limited.
If you wish to make a representation, this should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to:
The planning inspectorate
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol BS1 6PN
The deadline for receipt of representations is Friday 14th July 2023.
The Secretary of State for Transport has today issued a letter (PDF, 139KB) confirming those parties that the Applicant should consult regarding a proposed non-material change application relating to the West Midlands Interchange 2020 (PDF, 2MB)
On 21 October 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport issued a Correction Order (PDF, 132KB) and Correction Notice (PDF, 129KB) to make corrections to the West Midlands Rail Freight Interchange Order 2020, following a request by the Applicant (PDF, 166KB).
The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application. For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:
Planning Inspectorate Notification of Decision Letter
Secretary of State Decision Letter
Development Consent Order as made by the Secretary of State
Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report
Regulation 31 Notice
A Statement has been laid in Parliament by the Secretary of State announcing a new deadline of 5 May 2020 for the decision.
IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).
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West Midlands Rail Freight Interchange Development Consent Order application remains with the Secretary of State for consideration.
A letter issued by the Secretary of State for Transport dated 24 January 2020 along with a letter from the Applicant dated 13 December 2019 have now been published.
Further Written Questions have been published.
Submissions for deadline 4 have been published.
Deadline 3 Submissions have now been published.
Submissions for Deadline 2 have been published.
The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties
Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting
- Preliminary Meeting takes place
- Examination begins
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.
The application has been accepted for examination
The Application Documents have now been published.
This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 3 August 2018.
The applicant has agreed that all application documents can be published as soon as practicable to help everyone become familiar with the detail of what is being proposed in this application. The Planning Inspectorate will therefore make the application documents available as soon as practicable.
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.