LTC DCO Updates Index 2022/23

This LTC DCO Updates Index 2022/23 will be added to as things progress, and we hope you will find it helpful as a place to find all LTC DCO related updates.


What is a DCO?

DCO stands for Development Consent Order, it is the equivalent of a planning application for huge projects called NSIPs (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects).  There is a DCO process, which those registered as Interested Parties can participate in, including an Examination.

The Examining Authority (ExA) are appointed to examine and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will then have 6 months to decide whether to grant the DCO/permission.  It is worth noting that National Highways cannot legally begin construction, unless they are granted a DCO.

During the Examination Interested Parties can attend and speak at meetings/hearings and/or make written submissions on various aspects and concerns.  There are deadlines throughout the process for when you can and need to make representations, so please do click through and check out what you can do and when.  Copies of the DCO application documents and all other letters, submission, recordings etc will be detailed in the official Examination Library

Whilst we will do our best to bring updates here throughout the process, we highly recommend visiting the official PINS LTC page which will be updated as things progress.  It is advisable to sign up for the official PINS LTC email updates to get an email notification as soon as anything new is updated on the official PINS LTC page.

PINS have also published a handy FAQ section, but if after reading the FAQ you still have any questions please contact the PINS LTC team via email or call 0303 444 5000.



LTC DCO process timelineclick here

Info on the Examination Libraryclick here

Rule 8 Letter – all the official important info from PINS – click here

Taking part in the LTC DCO processclick here

Taking part in an online LTC DCO Meeting/Hearing – click here

Site Inspectionsclick here

Watch LTC DCO Examination Hearing Recordingsclick here

Important – 18th July Deadlines (Deadline 1 and Procedural Deadline D) – click here

Examining Authority’s written questionsclick here

Compulsory Acquisition Hearings for impacted land and property ownersclick here

Issue Specific Hearingsclick here



June 15th LTC DCO updatesclick here

First week of LTC DCO updateclick here

Open Floor Hearings 2 and 3click here

September Hearings updateclick here

October Hearings updateclick here

November Hearings updateclick here

Thoughts at the end of the LTC DCO Examinationclick here


TCAG submissions

Procedural Deadline A (Programming Meeting) – click here

Procedural Deadline B (Preliminary Meeting 1)click here

Procedural Deadline C (further submission on examination procedure)click here

Procedural Deadline C (Applicant’s Proposed Accompanied Site Inspection Itinerary)click here

Deadline 1 – Written Representation (WR)click here

Deadline 2 – Comments on NH’s submissions at Deadline 1click here

Deadline 3 – Submission on comments on Written Representationclick here

Deadline 4 – Post-events (September) submissionclick here

Deadline 4  – Responses to first written questions from ExA (ExQ1)click here

Deadline 5 – Responses to submissions at D4click here

Deadline 6 – Responses to submissions at D5 and post event submissionsclick here

Deadline 7 – Responses to submissions at D6 and Action Point – click here

Deadline 8 – Responses to submissions at D7, post event submissions, comments on RIES, comments on ExAs commentary of draft DCO, responses to ExAs 3rd written questionsclick here

Deadline 9 – Response to submissions at D8 – click here

Early Deadline 9A submission made at Deadline 9 – Response to ExAs Rule 17 Letter – The Wildernessclick here

Deadline 9A – Response to submissions at D9click here

Deadline 10 – TCAG Closing Commentsclick here


Post examination consultation by Secretary of State

Since the Planning Inspectorate have submitted their recommendation report to the Secretary of State for Transport (on 20th March 2024) the SoS has begun further consultation, starting with a letter on the 28th March 2024.  You can read more about this and any subsequent consultations by the Secretary of State in our update here.

TCAG 2nd May deadline representation
Main representation
Appendix 1
Appendix 2



LTC project timeline – click here

PINS guide to the DCO processclick here

LTC DCO Rule 8 Letterclick here

LTC DCO Rule 6 Letterclick here

National Highways info on the process on the LTC website click here.

LTC DCO application – 1st attempt (2020) Update Indexclick here