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 (12 items)

The Examining Authority (ExA) has issued a response (PDF, 256 KB) to the Applicant’s letter dated 12 September 2022 (PDF, 1MB). The ExA is seeking a response from the Applicant to certain matters by 5pm on 30 September 2022, and to others by 5pm on 7 October 2022.

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons. The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations. If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

All Relevant Representations received so far have been published.

23 September 2022

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons. The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations. The first additional period for making Relevant Representations closed on 16 September 2022, however some parties have been provided until 30 September 2022 or 12 October 2022 to make a Relevant Representation. If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

All Relevant Representations received by 5 September 2022 and 16 September 2022 have been published.

20 September 2022

Relevant Representations have been publishedView Relevant Representations

20 September 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
20 September 2022

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons. The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations. If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

06 September 2022
Registration of interested parties closes
05 September 2022

Register online

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 to request a paper form.

For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination.

You can check our step by step guide to find out more about having your say about a national infrastructure project.

The Applicant has informed us that a number of notifications they sent about the opportunity to make Relevant Representations had not been received for various reasons. The Applicant has re-sent a further notification to those parties to allow them to make their representations. If you have received such a further notification and wish to make a representation, please contact us at [email protected] or telephone 0303 444 5000.

31 August 2022
Registration of interested parties begins
05 August 2022
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

20 June 2022
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
20 June 2022

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Monday 23 May 2022.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

24 May 2022
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
23 May 2022