On 26 February 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport determined that the Proposed Scheme is nationally significant and requires 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 Tuesday, 24 September and will take up to six months to complete. This is an important stage of the DCO process. An inspector is appointed by the Planning Inspectorate (which administers the DCO process on behalf of the Secretary of State) to oversee a series of hearings where representations made by the County Council and interested parties are examined in detail.
This process helps to establish whether the application could or should be amended to take account of any representations that haven’t already been addressed and will ultimately help determine whether the project is given development consent.
For more information about the examination process for the Third River Crossing DCO application, visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website. This will be updated throughout the examination.