National Highways have just announced that the LTC Development Consent Order (DCO) was resubmitted yesterday Mon 31st October 2022, for a second attempt to be accepted by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for further examination. On their first attempt in 2020, National Highways (known as Highways England at the time) chose to withdraw the original DCO application when they learnt that the Planning Inspectorate were due to refuse it, due to the lack of adequate information provided in the application and as requested by PINS.
Following on from the resubmission yesterday, the Planning Inspectorate will again now have 28 days (until 28th November 2022) to review the application and Adequacy of Consultation representations, and decide whether to accept the latest LTC DCO application.
What does this mean?
Please bear in mind this initial decision will purely relate to whether the application is acceptable and adequate enough to proceed to the next stages of the DCO process. If accepted it doesn’t mean that the LTC has been granted a DCO (Permission), it just means it will go to a Pre-Examination stage in preparation for an Examination before a Recommendation is made to the Secretary of State for Transport who will then make the decision on whether to grant the DCO or not. There is then a 6 week window for any challenges to be made.
Until such time as a DCO is granted the start of any construction of the LTC would be illegal. You may however still see LTC workers on sites along the route who are carrying out investigative works, as results of investigative works are fed into the DCO process as they are received.
Be amongst the first to hear of any decisions/updates
We at TCAG will of course do our best to keep you up to date on all the latest LTC and LTC DCO related news and updates. However, we also recommend signing up for the official Planning Inspectorate LTC updates so you can be amongst the first to find out more as things progress now the LTC Development Consent Order has been resubmitted
We have created an LTC DCO Updates Index 2022 where we will add related updates as things progress.
The LTC project page on the PINS website – click here
LTC The Process 2022 – click here
Planning Inspectorate – The Process – click here
Planning Inspectorate – Virtual examination events – click here