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


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 – TCAG submission will be published here in due course



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