There are two 18th July deadlines for the Lower Thames Crossing DCO Examination. One is for Procedural Deadline D(PDD), the other is Deadline 1(D1). These are both important deadlines in the DCO examination, so we thought we’d share a bit more info so you know what you can and should try to do by this deadline if you’re registered as an Interested Party.
This is your main opportunity to let the Examiners know your concerns about the proposed LTC, whether it be requesting to be heard at a future hearing, or submitting a Written Representation. Please take advantage of the opportunity, it’s now or never! Together we are stronger!
What you can do by 18th July
Here’s a quick outline of what the 18th July deadlines cover, more details of how to do it a further down the page!
For a number of the possible options below you may find it helpful to view some of the recordings of hearings that have taken place to date.
It is important to note that whilst the Examination Timetable has been confirmed, blocks of dates have been reserved for certain aspects and further confirmation will be provided in due course, once PINS know how many people have requested to be heard or participate etc. If you request to be heard or participate and can no longer attend or need to request a change in your participation that will be fine, but please do let the PINS LTC Case Team know asap, as it is important and helpful for all for the examination to run as smoothly as possible. Delays and issues don’t help when there is so much that needs to be considered in the strict 6 month examination period.
- Request to be heard at a future Open Floor Hearing – this is where individuals get 5 minutes to speak directly to the Examiners about issues and concerns relating to the proposed LTC. If members of the same family wish to speak together you will be given 7 minutes. If you represent a larger group you will be given up to 10 minutes, as we were for TCAG to make oral representation.
- Request to be heard at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing – this is strictly for those who are official Affected Persons, those whose land and/or property would be directly impacted by the proposed LTC if it goes ahead.
- Request to attend any Accompanied Site Inspections – the Examiners will make Accompanied Site Inspections of certain locations to assist them in better understanding what is being proposed. You can request to join these Accompanied Site Inspections.
- Make a Written Representation – this is where you can put into writing to the Examiners your concerns about the proposed LTC. Similar to what you would have done when you registered as an Interested Party with your Relevant Representation, but this is the time you can provide more detail and evidence about the issues and concerns.
- Comment on examination hearings that have taken place so far – if you wish to comment on anything that has been raised in the examination hearings so far.
- Comment on Relevant Representations and Additional Submissions since the application was accepted – if you want to comment on any of the Relevant Representations or Additional Submissions that have been made since the application was accepted.
It is important to note that both oral and written representations carry the same weight and are considered equally. So it doesn’t matter which way you make your representation, the important thing is that you make the representation!
How you can do it
To be clear, it’s probably a lot easier and often quicker than you think to take part. The Examiners want to hear from us, and we hope this update helps you to get involved and have your say!
You may find our ‘Taking part in the LTC DCO Examination‘ and/or ‘Taking part in an online DCO examination Meeting/Hearing‘ update helpful if you are looking to participate. You can also view some of the submissions TCAG have submitted to date by clicking on the relevant links on our LTC DCO Updates Index to see how we’ve presented our evidence so far.
Need further help?
We’ve done our best to outline the facts about the 18th July deadlines (Deadline 1 and Procedural Deadline D), but if you still have any questions on how to participate please contact the PINS LTC Case Team via email or phone 0303 444 5000 asap, and they will do their best to assist you.
This is your chance to have your say in the LTC DCO Examination, please do take advantage of the opportunities to take part, and register and submit by 18th July 2023. Together we are stronger!
LTC DCO Examination Timetable – click here
LTC DCO Updates Index – click here