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LTC DCO Timeline

We know that the Development Consent Order (DCO) process is new to most people, so we’ve published an LTC DCO Timeline update to help you through the process of what has happened so far, and what is happening next.  We hope you find it helpful!

To find out more about different types of examination hearings, deadlines, and how to take part check out our Taking Part in the LTC DCO update.

Please note that some LTC DCO examination dates are subject to change, and we will update accordingly as the examination timetable is confirmed.

Please click through on each event for more info, including the deadlines for registering to attend and speak.

Through DCO examination the latest info can be found on the PINS LTC Exam Timetable

 

National Highways (NH) submitted their Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing on Fri 23rd October 2020.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) were due to announce their decision on Fri 20th Nov 2020, as to whether they would be accepting the application or not.

At the eleventh hour NH announced they had withdrawn their LTC DCO application. We later discovered that PINS were due to refuse the application due to a lack of adequate information, and the Adequacy of Consultations submitted by Local Authorities and TCAG.

NH said they would be working on the application and aimed to resubmit it early in the new year. NH’s Matt Palmer stated the aim was to submit within 90-120 days of the application being withdrawn, a self set target that they failed to meet.

There have been two subsequent LTC consultations, the Community Impacts Consultation in 2021, and the Local Refinements Consultation in 2022.

This means that there has now been around 2 years since the first attempt to submit the LTC DCO application.

More info on the first DCO attempt can be found here

We will of course do our best to keep everyone up to date as things progress, but we would also suggest that people sign up for the Planning Inspectorate’s email updates specifically for the LTC.

This should also ensure that you are alerted as soon as the registration for Interested Parties begins, so you can ensure that you can continue to be involved and have your say! (More on that below)

To sign up for the PINS updates please click through and enter your email address in the 'Email updates' box and click 'Sign up'.


National Highways announced that the LTC DCO application was resubmitted on Mon 31st October 2022.

The application should include all the supporting DCO documentation. Including all that info that we have been asking for for years and NH have refused to share, stating it will be available in the DCO.

PINS will now review the application to decide whether the documentation is adequate for the Examination.  They will also consider Local Authority Adequacy of Consultation representations.

TCAG update on the resubmission of the LTC DCO.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have advised that the LTC DCO documents have been published HERE

Whilst they are not accepting comments at this time, it does give us a chance to review the documents.

To be clear no decision has yet been made or announced regarding whether the application will be accepted for examination.

As soon as the application has been submitted, the host Local Authorities (councils impacted by the project) have 14 days to submit their ‘Adequacy of Consultation’ representations.

PINS then take 14 days to review the ‘Adequacy of Consultation’ representations, and decide whether they consider the consultation for the LTC has been adequate.

Whilst it is only the Local Authorities that PINS will officially invite to submit representation on the Adequacy of Consultation, it is possible to send representations to PINS ourselves, as TCAG and others did in 2020.

TCAG 2022 Inadequacies of LTC Consultation representation

Read all the submitted Adequacy of Consultation representations
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) announced on 28th Nov 2022 that the LTC DCO application has been accepted for examination.

It is important to note that this decision is purely about the application being accepted for Examination, and doesn't mean the DCO permission has been or will necessarily be granted.

The LTC DCO application documents are available online here.

TCAG update on the LTC DCO application being accepted for Examination.

In December 2020 PINS announced that the first four members of the LTC DCO Examining Authority had been appointed.

In February 2023 a further announcement was made regarding the appointment of a fifth Inspector.

TCAG update on appointment of the Examining Authority Inspectors

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) announced that the registration period for Interested Parties opened on Monday 9th January 2023.

Anyone wishing to participate in the LTC DCO process had to register as an Interested Party.  The deadline to register was 24th Feb 2023.

Those who successfully registered as an Interested Party were issued with a Unique Reference number, which they will need to quote when registering for meetings and hearings, and/or submitting written submissions during the Examination.

All Interested Parties will also receive official emails from PINS throughout the DCO process.

Whilst there is a deadline to register the PINS team can sometimes, at their discretion, make allowances after the deadline if there are special circumstances.

If you need to contact the LTC PINS team regarding any questions on registration or your unique reference number please email or call 0303 444 5000.

Related
TCAG Registering as an Interested Party update

The Planning Inspectorate issued a Procedural Decision letter addressed to Thurrock Council, this relates to and asks questions about Thurrock Council’s participation in the LTC DCO.

TCAG update on Thurrock Council's position Procedural Decision letter.

Relevant Representations are the comments people submitted at the time of registration as Interested Parties.

PINS published the Relevant Representations on 13th March 2023.

There are 1,147  representations.

NB. There was a technical glitch when the Relevant Representations were first published, but this was corrected by the 21st March 2023.

PINS use the Relevant Representations to help them get an insight into the main concerns and issues.  This also assists them in planning the Examination timetable. 

Since the Examination period is strictly 6 months, and can not be extended, our representations help PINS understand what is likely to need to be covered in Examination, and plan accordingly as best they can.  Obviously with such a huge and complex project as the proposed LTC, this is not an easy task.

PINS issued some Procedural Decisions on 21st March 2023.

These included:
  • Requesting comments from National Highways in relation to the Written Ministeral Statement of 09 March 2023
  • Requesting comments from National Highways in relation to a request by Thurrock Council to delay the examination
  • In relation to a notification from National Highways to submit a request for changes to the application.


TCAG update on 21st March 2023 Procedural Decisions

PINS/the Examining Authority (ExA) issued a Procedural Decision on 6th April 2023.

This included details of responses from the 21st March requests for further info from National Highways and Thurrock Council.  It also highlighted there would be a Programming Meeting, with details to follow.  A submission from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council was also accepted and published.

Anyone who wishes to:
  • request to be heard at the Programming Meeting on 16th May 2023
  • send a written submission in advance of the Programming Meeting

needs to register and/or send their submission by 23:45 on Fri 5th May 2023.

The Examining Authority will only be covering topics that are listed on the agenda for the Programming Meeting, which can be found in the Rule 6 letter.  This meeting is open to any registered Interested Parties, but predominantly aimed at the host Local Authorities.  The meeting is not about examining the actual LTC project, but to help prepare the Examination timeline and other associated matters. We have listed more info about the actual meeting further down the list of the process.

If you wish to attend and/or participate in the Programming Meeting you must register by completing the Event Participation Form by Procedural Deadline A (23:45 on Friday 5 May 2023).

Please note that you do not have to register to be able to simply watch the meeting live or the recording after the event, which will be available via the PINS LTC webpage on the day of the meeting.

This information is taken from the LTC DCO Rule 6 letter.



 
The Programming Meeting is predominantly aimed at Local Authorities.  This meeting is about discussing and planning for the Examination.  It is not an opportunity to comment on the LTC project.

More info

Details
Date: Tuesday 16 May 2023

Virtual registration on the day from: 9:15am | Hearing starts: 10am

Where: This hearing will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full instructions on how to join online or by telephone will be provided in advance to those who have pre-registered by Procedural Deadline A (23:45 on Friday 5 May 2023).

Watch
If you simply wish to observe the meeting, then you do not need to register as you will be able to watch a livestream of the event. All LTC Examination hearings are Livestreamed here, with recordings added after the event.

Recordings
Recording of Programming Meeting - Part 1 - 16 May 2023 [EV-001]
Recording of Programming Meeting - Part 2 - 16 May 2023 [EV-002]
Recording of Programming Meeting - Part 3 - 16 May 2023 [EV-003]


Transcripts
These documents are intended to assist Interested Parties, they are not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Programming Meeting - Part 1 - Transcript - 16 May 2023 [EV-004]
Programming Meeting - Part 2 - Transcript - 16 May 2023 [EV-005]
Programming Meeting - Part 3 - Transcript - 16 May 2023 [EV-006]


Action Points
Action points from Programming Meeting 16 May 2023 [EV-007]  



 
The  Rule 6 Letter has been issued.  This is an official document that details the Programming Meeting, Preliminary Meetings, and Deadlines.  It also includes a draft Examination Timetable, and lots of details about the DCO process and how to take part.

All Interested Parties are invited to attend the Preliminary Meetings, on the 6th and 20th June 2023. These are run and chaired by the Examining Authority. The Preliminary Meetings are to arrange how the Examination will take place, and will not cover the merits of the project.

The Preliminary Meetings will be the last part of the Pre-Examination stage. The Examination straight after the Preliminary Hearing.  The first hearing of the Examination will be the Open Floor Hearing 1 from 6pm on 20th June 2023.

If you wish to make any comments on the Programming Meeting that took part on 16 May 2023, or participate in the Preliminary Meeting (Part 1) that takes place on 6th June 2023 you need to register and/or make your submission by Procedural Deadline B, 23:45 on 26th May 2023.

Please note that Preliminary Meetings are purely in regard to the planning of the DCO Examination and comments on the merits of the LTC project will not be heard, that will come during the Examination stage.

National Highways also have until this deadline to submit proposed Accompanied Site Inspection Itineraries to the Examining Authority.

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Before the Examination begins there will some planning meetings.  These are purely to help go through and plan the Examination timetable to ensure everything runs are smoothly as it can, since the Examination period is strictly 6 months.  With a project a huge as the proposed LTC this means there will be a lot of info to examine, so planning will be very important.

The merits of the actual project will not be discussed at the Preliminary Meetings. There will be opportunity to voice opinion and evidence about the LTC project during the Examination stage.

Preliminary Meeting 1 will take place on the 6th June 2023.

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To take part in this meeting you need to register by Procedural Deadline B on 26th May 2023.

Watch
If you simply wish to observe the meeting, then you do not need to register as you will be able to watch a livestream of the event. All LTC Examination hearings are Livestreamed here, with recordings added after the event.

Recordings
Recording of Preliminary Meeting - Part 1 - Session 1 - 6 June 2023 [EV-008]
Recording of Preliminary Meeting - Part 1 - Session 2 - 6 June 2023 [EV-009]
Recording of Preliminary Meeting - Part 1 - Session 3 - 6 June 2023 [EV-010]


Transcripts
This document is intended to assist Interested Parties, it is not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Preliminary Meeting - Part 1 - Transcript - 6 June 2023 [EV-011]


Preliminary Meeting 1 is adjourned, and will either be continued at Preliminary Meeting 2 (20th June), or the ExA will close the meeting in writing on 20th June 2023.



TCAG update on Preliminary Meetings

If you wish to make any comments on Preliminary Meeting 1 or the proposed Accompanied Site Inspection Itineraries, or participate in the Preliminary Meeting (Part 2) and/or Examination Hearings (between 20 June and 6th July 2023) you need to register and/or make your submission by Procedural Deadline C, 23:45 on 13th June 2023.

Please note that Preliminary Meetings are purely in regard to the planning of the DCO Examination and comments on the merits of the LTC project will not be heard, that will come during the Examination stage.

Find out more...

Before the Examination begins there will some planning meetings.  These are purely to help go through and plan the Examination timetable to ensure everything runs are smoothly as it can, since the Examination period is strictly 6 months.  With a project a huge as the proposed LTC this means there will be a lot of info to examine, so planning will be very important. The merits of the actual project will not be discussed at these meetings.

Whilst there was provision for a second planning meeting, Preliminary Meeting 2 on the 20th June 2023 if required; the Examining Authority (ExA) announced on the 15th June 2023 that the second meeting will not be needed.  Instead they will officially close the pre-examination stage of the LTC DCO process in writing, which will be published to the PINS LTC webpage on the 20th.  The strict 6 month examination period will begin immediately after the pre-examination stage closes.  The first hearing of the examination will be Open Floor Hearing 1 which will start at 6pm on 20th June 2023.

Preliminary Meeting Note [EV-012] has been published.

TCAG Update on Preliminary Meetings



The Planning Inspectorate have announced that the Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) Development Consent Order(DCO) Examination has officially started on Tuesday 20th June 2023.

As is standard practice with DCOs the LTC DCO Examination will last a strict period of 6 months, ending on the 20th December 2023.
Open Floor Hearing 1 will be the first opportunity for registered Interested Parties to communicate opinions about the proposed LTC project to the Examining Authority (ExA).

This hearing will start at 6pm on Tues 20th June 2023, and is an online event.

You will be able to watch this hearing live via the LTC DCO Livestream

Agenda
Agenda for Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) [EV-016]

Recording
Recording of Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) - 20 June 2023 [EV-017]

Transcript
This document is intended to assist Interested Parties, it is not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Transcript of Recording of Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) - 20 June 2023 [EV-018]

Action Points
Action Points from Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) - 20 June 2023 [EV-018a]

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The LTC DCO Issue Specific Hearing 1(ISH1) will be an opportunity for registered Interested Parties to comment specifically on the ‘Project Definition’ to the Examining Authority(ExA) as the Applicant (National Highways) present the Project Definition to the ExA, who will also be asking questions.

The draft agenda was published on the 12th June 2023 and is available to view here.

This hearing will start at 10am on Weds 21st June 2023, and is an online event.

You will be able to watch this hearing live via the LTC DCO Livestream

Recordings
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 1 - 21 June 2023 [EV-019]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 2 - 21 June 2023 [EV-020]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 3 - 21 June 2023 [EV-021]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 4 - 21 June 2023 [EV-022]

Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) - Session 5 - continued - 23 June 2023 [EV-024]

Transcripts
These documents are intended to assist Interested Parties, they are not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Transcript of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - 21 June 2023 [EV-023]
Transcript of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) continued - 23 June 2023 [EV-025]

Action Points
Action Points from Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) - 21 June 2023 [EV-023a]

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The LTC DCO Issue Specific Hearing 2(ISH2) will be an opportunity for registered Interested Parties to comment specifically on the ‘draft DCO’ to the Examining Authority(ExA) as the Applicant (National Highways) present the draft DCO to the ExA, who will also be asking questions.

The draft agenda was published on the 12th June 2023 and is available to view here.

This hearing will start at 10am on Thurs 22nd June 2023, and is an online event.

You will be able to watch this hearing live via the LTC DCO Livestream

Recordings
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH 2) - Session 1 - 22 June 2023 [EV-026]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH 2) - Session 2 - 22 June 2023 [EV-027]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH 2) - Session 3 - 22 June 2023 [EV-028]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH 2) - Session 4 - 22 June 2023 [EV-029]


Transcript
This document is intended to assist Interested Parties, it is not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Transcript of Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH 2) - 22 June 2023 [EV-030]


Action Points
Action Points from Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) - 22 June 2023 [EV-030a]

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If you wish to request to speak at Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) you need to register via MS Forms by 23:59 on Thurs 22nd June 2023
Issue Specific Hearing 1 which was held on Weds 21st June 2023 was adjourned with agenda items still left to be heard held over to the Continuation reserved date of Fri 23rd June 2023.

Issue Specific Hearing 1 resumed at 10am on Fri 23rd June, and all remaining agenda items were heard.

Recordings
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 1 - 21 June 2023 [EV-019]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 2 - 21 June 2023 [EV-020]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 3 - 21 June 2023 [EV-021]
Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - Session 4 - 21 June 2023 [EV-022]

Recording of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) - Session 5 - continued - 23 June 2023 [EV-024]

Transcripts
These documents are intended to assist Interested Parties, they are not verbatim. The content is produced using artificial intelligence voice to text and is unedited. The video recording remains as the primary record of the event.

Transcript of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) - 21 June 2023 [EV-023]
Transcript of Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH 1) continued - 23 June 2023 [EV-025]

Action Points
Action Points from Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) - 21 June 2023 [EV-023a]

Open Floor Hearing 2(OFH2) will be another opportunity for registered Interested Parties to communicate opinions about the proposed LTC project to the Examining Authority (ExA).

This hearing will start at 10am on Weds 28th June 2023, and is both an in person and an online event.

Please request to be heard via MS Forms by 23:59 Thursday 22 June 2023.

The in person event will take place at Orsett Hall Hotel in Essex.

You will be able to watch this hearing live via the LTC DCO Livestream

Agenda
Agenda for Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) [EV-031]


Recordings
Recording of Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) - Session 1 - 28 June 2023 [EV-032]
Recording of Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) - Session 2 - 28 June 2023 [EV-033]


Transcript
Transcript of Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) - 28 June 2023 [EV-034]


Additional documents
National Highways - Junction Layout Plans [EV-035]
Annotated by the Examining Authority as Guidance to support the post hearing actions for OFH2


Action Points
Action Points from Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) - 28 June 2023 [EV-036]


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Open Floor Hearing 2(OFH2) will be another opportunity for registered Interested Parties to communicate opinions about the proposed LTC project to the Examining Authority (ExA).

Provision was made to have a reserved date for continuation of the hearing if required. However, the hearing was closed on the 28th June, and PINS announced the reserved date would not be utilised.
If you wish to request to speak at Open Floor Hearing 3 (OFH3) you need to register via MS Forms by 23:59 on Thurs 29th June 2023
Open Floor Hearing 3(OFH3) will be another opportunity for registered Interested Parties to communicate opinions about the proposed LTC project to the Examining Authority (ExA).

This hearing will start at 10am on Weds 5th July 2023, and is both an in person and an online event.

Please request to be heard via MS Forms by 23:59 Thursday 29 June 2023.

The in person event will take place at Dartford Bridge Hilton Hotel in Kent.

You will be able to watch this hearing live via the LTC DCO Livestream

The recording of the hearing will be uploaded to the PINS LTC DCO webpages soon after the hearing. We will endeavour to include a direct link to the recording here as soon as we are able.

Agenda
Open Floor Hearing 3 Agenda (OFH3) – 5th July 2023

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Open Floor Hearing 3(OFH3) will be another opportunity for registered Interested Parties to communicate opinions about the proposed LTC project to the Examining Authority (ExA).

The 6th July has been reserved for a continuation of the hearing taking place on the 5th, if required. However, it is expected that the hearing will conclude on the 5th and that this reserved date will not be needed.
Procedural Deadline D (PDD) is the deadline if you want to participate in the LTC DCO Examination in any of the following ways:

  • If you wish to speak at or attend any of the remaining Open Floor Hearings etc (7th July onwards) you need to request to be heard by Procedural Deadline D.
  • If you are an Affected Person (someone who’s land/property is officially considered under threat from the project) and wish to be heard at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH) you need to request to be heard by Procedural Deadline D.
  • If you wish to attend the Accompanied Site Inspection you need to request to attend by Procedural Deadline D.
  • If you are a Statutory Party and wish to be considered as an IP by the Examining Authority (ExA) you need to register by Procedural Deadline D.
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Deadline 1 (D1) is a key date in the DCO Examination process as this is when various important submissions need to be in by.

    • Post event submissions, including written submission of oral comments made at the hearings held between 20 June and 6 July
    • Comments on Additional Submissions submitted since the Application was accepted
    • Comments on Relevant Representations
    • Written Representations (WR) (WR are written equivalents to speaking at the Open Floor Hearings)
    • Summaries of any Written Representations over 1500 words
    • Any further information requested by the Examining Authority (ExA) under Rule 17 of the Examination Procedure Rules (EPR)
    • Local Authorities - Local Impact Reports (LIR)
    • Local Authorities/Applicant - New Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) (and of updated SoCGs if required) 
    • Local Authorities/Applicant - New and updated Principal Areas of Disagreement Summaries (PADS) (if updated) 
    • National Highways - amended proposed Accompanied Site Inspections itinerary
    • National Highways - submission of documents
    • National Highways - amended draft DCO
    • National Highways - proposed Addendum to the Environmental Statement (ES)
If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the ‘Make a submission‘ page by Deadline 1 (D1) - 23:59 on Tues 18th July 2023.

Find out more...



The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have published all of the 416 Deadline 1 submissions.

They are available to view on the PINS LTC webpages here

The Examination Library will be updated shortly to include the Deadline 1 submissions.



   
Deadline 2 (D2) is the deadline for the following submissions:
  • Comments on Written Representations
  • Comments on Local Impact Reports
  • Comments by Interested Parties (IPs) on NH’s amended proposed ASI itinerary.
  • Comments on NH’s amended draft DCO
  • Comments on NH’s submissions (see Annex F) at Deadline 1 (D1)
  • Comments on any information requested by the Examining Authority (ExA) and received by D1
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • National Highways submission of documents
  • Local Authorities/Applicant – Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/Applicant – Updated PADSs (if updated)
If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the ‘Make a submission‘ page by Deadline 2 (D2).

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The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have now published Deadline 2 submissions.

They are available to view on the PINS LTC webpages here
Publication of the Examining Authority's (ExAs) First Written Questions (ExQ1).

If the ExA have any questions for anyone, including those as a direct result of reading our Written Representations they may publish them at this point.

Questions will be announced and published on the PINS LTC project webpage.

It is important to bear in mind that you will not be directly notified that you are being asked a question, only that the questions have been published.

It is therefore essential to check when the written questions are published to see if you have been asked a question, and to then reply to any questions prior to the relevant deadline.

The relevant deadline for responses to any questions published on 15th August is by Deadline 4.

More info...



Deadline 3 (D3) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Responses to comments on Written Representations
  • Comments on NH's submissions (see Annex F) at D2
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D2
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • National Highways submission of documents requested
  • Local Authorities/National Highways - Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways - Updated PADSs (if updated)
If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 3 (D3).

Deadline 3 is also the deadline for those who have previously registered their interest in Open Floor Hearings, Issue Specific Hearings, Accompanied Site Inspections, and Compulsory Acquisition Hearings to advise the ExA/PINS if they wish to speak/attend at any of the hearings/inspections confirmed for the 5th -15th September 2023. This can be done via the Microsoft Form.

Find out more...
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) have now published Deadline 3 submissions.

They are available to view on the PINS LTC webpages here



Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) – Traffic & Transportation

View Agenda

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Another opportunity to make an oral representation directly to the Examiners.

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Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6) – Mitigation, Compensation & Land Requirements

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Issue Specific Hearing 7 (ISH7) – draft Development Consent Order

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Accompanied Site Inspection 1 will take place from 9am to approx. 4pm on the 12th September 2023, and will cover the application site and surroundings in Kent (Dartford and Gravesham). This ASI is referred to as ‘The Kent Inspection’ on the registration form.

Those who previously registered their interest in attending an ASI need to inform the LTC Case team that they wish to attend Accompanied Site Inspection 1 using this form by Deadline 3 (24th August).

More info...
Accompanied Site Inspection 2 will take place from 9am to approx. 4pm on the 13th September 2023, and will cover the application site and surroundings in Thurrock. This ASI is referred to as ‘The Essex South Inspection’ on the registration form.

Those who previously registered their interest in attending an ASI need to inform the LTC Case team that they wish to attend Accompanied Site Inspection 2 using this form by Deadline 3 (24th August).

More info...



Accompanied Site Inspection 3 will take place from 9am to approx. 4pm on the 14th September 2023, and will cover the application site and surroundings in Thurrock, London Borough of Havering, and Brentwood, Essex (broadly north of the A13). This ASI is referred to as ‘The Essex North Inspection’ on the registration form.

Those who previously registered their interest in attending an ASI need to inform the LTC Case team that they wish to attend Accompanied Site Inspection 3 using this form by Deadline 3 (24th August).

More info...



Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 is for those officially considered Affected Parties. This is an official status for those whose land and/or property is directly impacted by the proposed LTC.

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Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 2 is for those officially considered Affected Parties. This is an official status for those whose land and/or property is directly impacted by the proposed LTC.

View Agenda

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Deadline 4 (D4) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Post-event submissions, including written submission of oral comments made at the hearings held w/c 4 and 11 September 2023 (if held)
  • Responses to ExQ1 (issued 15th Aug)
  • Comments on Deadline 3(D3) submissions (published 31 Aug)
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D3
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • NH’s submission of documents requested (see Annex F)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated PADSs (if updated)
If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 4 (D4).

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PINS have published Deadline 4 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here.
Deadline 5 (D5) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Comments on NH’s submissions (see Annex F) at D4
  • Comments on Change Request MRC01
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by Deadline 4 (D4)
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • NH’s submission of documents requested (see Annex F)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated PADSs (if updated)
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 5 (D5).

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PINS have published Deadline 5 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here.
Publication of ExAs further written questions

Questions will be announced and published on the PINS LTC project webpage.

It is important to bear in mind that you will not be directly notified that you are being asked a question, only that the questions have been published.

It is therefore essential to check when the written questions are published to see if you have been asked a question, and to then reply to any questions prior to the relevant deadline.

The relevant deadline will be detailed if and when the further questions are published.

The relevant deadline for responses to any questions that may be published on 10th October is by Deadline 6 - 31st October 2023.

Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 3 is for those officially considered Affected Parties. This is an official status for those whose land and/or property is directly impacted by the proposed LTC.

Agenda - click here

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Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 4 is for those officially considered Affected Parties. This is an official status for those whose land and/or property is directly impacted by the proposed LTC.

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Issue Specific Hearing 8 (ISH8) - Construction & Operational Effects (Non traffic)

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Accompanied Site Inspection 4 will take place from 9am to approx. 4pm on the 20th October 2023, at the HS2 Chiltern Tunnel Compound.

Due to the site being a busy working tunneling compound attendance is very limited and by invitation of the Examining Authority. TCAG are grateful that the ExA have kindly invited us the opportunity to send a representative for ASI4.

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Issue Specific Hearing 9 (ISH9) - Environment & Biodiversity

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Issue Specific Hearing 10 - Traffic & Transportation

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Deadline 6 (D6) is the deadline for the following submissions:
  • Post-event submissions, including written submission of oral comments made at the hearings held 16 to 24 October 2023 (if held)
  • Responses to further ExQ (if issued on 10 Oct)
  • Applicant’s submission of documents requested (see Annex F)
  • Comments on NH’s submissions (see Annex F) at Deadline 5 (D5)
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D5
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated PADSs (if updated)
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 6 (D6). Find out more...
Publication by the ExA of:

  • Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) and any associated questions (if required)
  • ExA’s commentary on, or schedule of changes to, the dDCO (if required)
  • Examining Authority’s further Written Questions (ExQ) (if required)
Deadline 7 (D7) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Applicant’s submission of draft s106 agreement
  • Comments on responses to further ExQ (if applicable)
  • NH’s submission of documents requested (see Annex F)
  • Comments on NH’s submissions (see Annex F) at Deadline 6 (D6)
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D6
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated SoCGs (if updated)
  • Local Authorities/National Highways – Updated PADSs (if updated)
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 7 (D7).

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Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 5 is for those officially considered Affected Parties. This is an official status for those whose land and/or property is directly impacted by the proposed LTC.

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PINS have published Deadline 7 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here.
Issue Specific Hearing 11 - Environmental Matters

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Issue Specific Hearing 12 - Social, Economic and/or Project Delivery Matters (including Control Documents and Agreements)

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Accompanied Site Inspection 5 will take place from 10.15am to approx. 4pm on the 24th November 2023, starting at the London International Cruise Terminal. The ASI will cover logistics, freight access, handling and storage arrangements for Thames Ports (Port of Tilbury London Ltd and DP World London Gateway Port Ltd). Due to the sites being busy operational and security controlled areas of Port facilities attendance is very limited and by invitation of the Examining Authority. TCAG are grateful that the ExA have kindly extended us the opportunity to send a representative for ASI5. More info
Issue Specific Hearing 13 - Traffic and Transportation

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Deadline 8 (D8) is the deadline for the following submissions:
  • Post-event submissions, including written submission of oral comments made at the hearings held 20 - 28 November 2023 (if held)
  • Comments on RIES (if issued)
  • Comments on ExA’s DCO/Commentary (if issued)
  • Responses to further ExQ (if issued on 14 Nov)
  • Applicant’s submission of updated s106 agreement
  • Updated SoCGs (if updated. See Annex F)
  • Updated PADSs (if updated. See Annex F)
  • Applicant’s submission of documents requested (see Annex F)
  • Comments on Applicant’s submissions (see Annex F) at D7
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D7
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 8 (D8). Find out more...
PINS have published Deadline 8 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here
Deadline 9 (D9) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Comments on responses to further ExQ (if applicable)
  • Final SoCGs
  • Final PADSs
  • Applicant’s final documents:
    - dDCO, with Statutory Instrument validation report
    - Book of Reference (BoR) and schedule of changes
    - Statement of Commonality
    - Status of Negotiations / Compulsory Acquisition schedule
    - Status of Negotiations with Statutory Undertakers
    - National Policy Statement (NPS) tracker
    - Final signed and dated s106 agreement(s) or any other final legal agreements
    - Stakeholder Actions and Commitments Register (SAC-R)
    - Consents Position Statement
    - Errata, if applicable
  • Comments on Applicant’s submissions (see Annex F) at D8
  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D8
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 9 (D9).

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PINS have published Deadline 9 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here
Deadline 9A (D9A) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Comments on the final documents submitted by the Applicant at D9
  • Final SoCGs
  • Final PADSs
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR
If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 9A (D9A).

PINS have published Deadline 9 submissions you can find them on the PINS LTC webpages - click here
Deadline 10 (D10) is the deadline for the following submissions:

  • Comments on any information requested by the ExA and received by D9
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the Examination Rules
  If you wish to make a written submission on any of the above, you should do so via the 'Make a submission' page by Deadline 10 (D10).

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There is a strict deadline that DCO Examinations can only last a maximum of 6 months.

The LTC DCO Examination will end on Weds 20th December 2023.

The Planning Inspectorate must prepare a report on the application to the Secretary of State for Transport, including a recommendation, within three months of the close of the six month Examination stage.

This report will not be published, it simply has to be provided to the Secretary of State for Transport by this date.

The Secretary of State for Transport, has a period of three months after the recommendation is made to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.

This means that the decision should be made by 20th June 2024.

Although this is the usual timeline for decision it is possible that delays can occur, and extensions are made.

Once a decision has been issued by the Secretary of State for Transport, there is a six week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court. This process of legal challenge is known as Judicial Review.

There are very specific grounds on which a JR can be made, so this has to be reviewed and decided upon at the appropriate time.

Dependent on any Judicial Review results, if the DCO is still deemed granted construction of the project can commence.

NB. If permission is granted for the LTC, construction has been delayed by 2 years, meaning it is not expected to begin until at least June 2026.  This follows the government announcement on 9th March 2023.

 

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