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)

Relevant Representations have now been published.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept the following Additional Submissions:

On the 21 and 22 September 2022 the Examining Authority conducted its first Unaccompanied Site Inspection (USI1), a note of which has also been published.

The Examination Library has also been updated.

30 September 2022
Relevant representations published on the website
30 September 2022
Registration of interested parties closes
15 September 2022
Registration of interested parties begins
04 August 2022
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

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

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Tuesday 31 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).

06 June 2022
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
31 May 2022

The application has been withdrawn. Please see the Applicant’s letter. (PDF, 901 KB)

14 April 2022

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 21 March 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).

22 March 2022