What happens next
Dates for the Examination can be viewed on the Examination Timetable page.
Notice of the Procedural Decision has been issued by the Examining Authority to Interested Parties in the Rule 8 letter; this includes information about how the Examination will be conducted and the Examination Timetable as currently set out.10/05/2021 - Deadline for close of examination. See the Examination Timetable for further information.
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 (28 items)
The Examining Authority (ExA) has taken a Procedural Decision (PDF, 127 KB) to postpone any further detailed planning of a possible Accompanied Site Inspection, but rather requires the submission of a detailed flight plan for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with a view to undertaking a comprehensive high-resolution video of the Proposed Development site.
A Rule 13 letter giving notice of an Open Floor Hearing and Issue Specific Hearing 1 (PDF, 182 KB) in week commencing 8 February 2021 has been issued to Interested Parties.
The Environment Agency’s Written Representation (PDF, 78 KB) and response to the Examining Authority’s Written Questions (PDF, 878 KB) submitted for Deadline 2 have now been published. These were erroneously omitted from the suite of Deadline 2 submissions originally published on 23 December 2020.
The submissions to Deadline 2 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.
The submissions to Deadline 1 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.
The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties
Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting
The recording from the Preliminary Meeting: Part 2 has been published:
Recording of Preliminary Meeting Part 2 – 10 November 2020.
Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting Part 2 (PM) have been sent. The Livestream of PM Part 2 is available for those wishing to observe it in real time. Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10:00AM on Tuesday 10 November 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.
The response to Procedural Deadline B (PDF, 113 KB) has now been published.
The recording from the Preliminary Meeting: Part 1 has been published: Preliminary Meeting Part 1 – 21 October 2020.
Instructions for those wishing to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) have been sent. A Livestream of PM Part 1 is available for those wishing to observe this week in real time.
Please note that the PM will start broadcasting ‘LIVE’ once it opens at 10.00am on Wednesday 21 October 2020. If the Livestream doesn’t initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the page.
We would remind those observing the PM that there is an opportunity to provide any written responses to matters raised at the PM by Procedural Deadline B (3 November 2020).
The Examining Authority would like to thank those who provided written submissions by Procedural Deadline A. These have been very helpful ahead of the Preliminary Meeting (PM). For those that have indicated a wish to speak on specific agenda items, instructions on how to join the meeting will be issued by email on Tuesday 20 October 2020.
For those that would like to view the PM in real time, the link to the livestream will be published on this project web page on Tuesday 20 October 2020.
Those participating or observing the PM should familiarise themselves with the Rule 6 letter (PDF, 604KB), dated 23 September 2020. It is particularly important to read Annex B, which provides an introduction to the PM, as this will not be covered in detail in the meeting.
The responses to Procedural Deadline A have now been published.
The Rule 6 letter – Notification of the preliminary meeting and matters to be discussed (PDF, 604 KB) has been issued.
This includes details of the PM, the draft Examination Timetable and other related matters.
Interested Parties wishing to participate in the PM must complete the Preliminary Meeting Involvement Form (by Procedural Deadline A (Tuesday 8 October 2020).
Further information is contained in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF, 161 KB) document.
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 note of the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Inspection (PDF, 112kb) conducted on 25 August 2020 has now been published.
This site will be unavailable between 18:00 and 20:00 on Monday 14 September 2020 whilst maintenance work is carried out.
The Examining Authority has used his discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Cadent Gas Limited (PDF 87kb) requesting the withdrawal of its Relevant Representation.
The Examining Authority has issued a letter to request further information, with an accompanying Questionnaire, to help seek views regarding future events.
The deadline for Questionnaire responses is 12 August 2020.
The Examining Authority has used discretion to accept the following Additional Submissions:
EP Waste Management Limited – Covering letter with response to s51 advice dated 4 May 2020, updated Land Plan (Document reference 4.3 Rev 2.0) and Report on Section 56 and EIA Regulation 16 Activities
Historic England – Position statement
The Examination Library will updated in due course.
The application has been accepted for examination
This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Thursday 9 April 2020.
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.