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Development consent

On 26 February 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport determined that the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing was nationally significant and required development consent under the Planning Act 2008.

As a result, we made an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to progress the project in April 2019. This was formally accepted by the Planning Inspectorate in May 2019.

The examination of our DCO application began on 24 September 2019 and closed on 24 March 2020. An inspector appointed by the Planning Inspectorate (which administers the DCO process on behalf of the Secretary of State) oversaw a series of hearings where representations made by the County Council and interested parties were examined in detail. This process helped to determine whether the project was given development consent.

On 24 September 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport approved our DCO application to construct, operate and maintain the bridge and its approaches.

For more information about the Third River Crossing DCO application, visit the Planning Inspectorate's website.

DCO application documents

The application documents below are also available in a searchable format on the Planning Inspectorate website (opens new window).

Application form


Draft DCO

Compulsory acquisition information

Consultation report

Environmental statement

Other reports

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