LTC DCO Examination Library

The LTC DCO Examination Library detailing the many documents associated with the DCO process has been published.

Whereas with the LTC consultation we were able to publish a list of documents to help you see what materials were available, things are a bit different with the DCO process.

With a DCO an Examination Library is published that lists each document that has been submitted to the examination by any party and documents that have been issued by the Planning Inspectorate. All documents listed have been published to the National Infrastructure Planning website and a link is provided for each document.

A unique reference is given to each document; these references will be used within the Report on the Implications for European Sites (if issued) and will be used in the Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State.

You will need to provide the official reference number of each document if you wish to mention any of them during the Examination too.

The documents within the library are categorised either by document type or by the deadline to which they are submitted.

It is very important to remember that:

  • This is a working document and will be updated periodically as the examination progresses.
  • Advice under Section 51 of the Planning Act 2008 that has been issued by the Inspectorate in Pre-application is published to the National Infrastructure Website but is not included within the Examination Library as such advice is not an examination document.
  • This document only contains documents from the point the application was submitted to when the examination closes.
  • The order of documents within each sub-section is either chronological, numerical, or alphabetical and suggests no priority or higher status on those that have been listed first.

NB -As the Library will constantly be changing throughout the process it will be impossible for us to continuously update any listing on our website, so we recommend instead that you click through and/or bookmark the Examination Library as and when you need to refer to any documents and updates.


Lower Thames Crossing DCO Examination Library


How can I view the documents if I am not online at home?

We have been advised that since the volume of documents is so large, and also that it keeps being added to/amended, that it is impractical to have multiple hard copies available.

The application documents alone are evidently around 63,000 pages, and would take up approx. 33 meters of shelf space!  NH do offer the option to request a hard copy of the DCO documents. However, the cost would be £15,000 inclusive of VAT!! Be cheaper to buy a computer and get internet!

It is also possible to request the documents on a USB stick, although you should be aware that documents are subject to change so where possible it is best to view online.

Documents can be viewed electronically, free of charge, at the electronic deposit locations listed below:

Brentwood Library – New Road, Town Centre, Brentwood CM14 4BP
Phone: 0345 603 7628
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm / Sat 9am-5pm / Sun 1pm-4pm
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.20, Colour – £1.35 / A3 – B&W – £0.50, Colour – £2.20

Gravesend Library – Windmill Street, Gravesend DA12 1BE
Phone: 0300 041 3131
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm /  Sun Closed
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.15, Colour – £0.50 / A3 – B&W – £0.20, Colour – £0.75

Grays Library – Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays RM17 5DX
Phone: 01375 413976
Open: Mon, Thurs 9am-7pm / Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm / Sat 9am-1pm
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.30, Colour – £1.00 / A3 –  N/A

Chadwell Library – As part of Chadwell Information Centre, Brentwood Road, Chadwell St Mary, Grays, Essex RM16 4J
Phone: 01375 842511
Open: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm / Sat 10am-1pm / Weds, Sun Closed
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.30, Colour – £0.30 / A3 –  N/A

Maidstone Library – At Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ
Phone: 0300 041 3131
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm / Sun Closed
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.15, Colour – ? / A3 – N/A

Snodland Library – 15- 17 High Street, Snodland, ME6 5DA
Phone: 0300 041 3131
Open: Tues, Thurs 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm / Weds 12-5pm / Fri 9am-2pm / Sat 10am-1pm / Mon, Sun Closed
Printing cost: A4 – B&W – £0.15, Colour – ? / A3 – N/A

Romford Central Library St Edwards Way, Romford, RM1 3AR
Phone: 01708 432389
Open: Mon, Thurs 10am-8pm / Tues, Weds, Fri 9am-5pm / Sat 10am-4pm / Sun Closed
Printing cost: Unknown


As per the Rule 8 Letter, the following library is no longer listed as an electronic deposit location

Cuxton Library – Bush Rd, Cuxton, Rochester ME2 1EY
Phone: 01634 337799
Open: Tues 9am-1pm / Thurs, Fri 2pm-6pm / Sat 10am-4pm / Mon, Sun Closed
Printing cost: Unknown


The above info about electronic deposit locations is taken from Appendix G of the official Rule 6 Letter, and also National Highways Regulation 9 document.

Please note that you may need to bring a form of identification in order to use a computer at these locations. Please check availability at the relevant location before you attend.


Please help and take part

Whichever way you choose to review the documentation it is a huge amount of reading, so we really need people to please step up and get involved in the DCO process.  These documents hold all the latest info on the proposed LTC, including a lot of the info we have been asking for over the past few years that NH kept telling us would be available at DCO.  Although there is also some info that we are still waiting to be disclosed/published too.  Please do get in touch if you can help us with reviewing any of the documents.  Together we are stronger!