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.
LTC DCO process timeline – click here
Info on the Examination Library – click here
Rule 8 Letter – all the official important info from PINS – click here
Taking part in the LTC DCO process – click here
Taking part in an online LTC DCO Meeting/Hearing – click here
Site Inspections – click here
Watch LTC DCO Examination Hearing Recordings – click here
Important – 18th July Deadlines (Deadline 1 and Procedural Deadline D) – click here
Examining Authority’s written questions – click here
Compulsory Acquisition Hearings for impacted land and property owners – click here
Issue Specific Hearings – click here
June 15th LTC DCO updates – click here
First week of LTC DCO update – click here
Open Floor Hearings 2 and 3 – click here
September Hearings update – click here
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 1 – click here
Deadline 3 – Submission on comments on Written Representation – click here
Deadline 4 – Post-events (September) submission – click here
Deadline 4 – Responses to first written questions from ExA (ExQ1) – click here
Deadline 5 – TCAG submission will be published here in due course
LTC project timeline – click here
PINS guide to the DCO process – click here
LTC DCO Rule 8 Letter – click here
LTC DCO Rule 6 Letter – click here
National Highways info on the process on the LTC website click here.
LTC DCO application – 1st attempt (2020) Update Index – click here