Thames Tideway Tunnel

What happens next

12/09/2014 - Deadline for Secretary of State to make decision

The Planning Inspectorate issued a report of recommendation to the Secretary of State on 12 June 2014. The Secretary of State has 3 months in which to issue a decision. The decision letter and report of recommendation will be published on this page of the website once a decision has been made.

Timeline (47 items)

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has sent letters to Thames Water Utilities Limited and statutory undertakers.

7 July 2014
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The Department for Transport has sent letters to Thames Water Utilities Limited and Transport for London.

2 July 2014
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The Examining Authority issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on 12 June 2014. A decision will be published within 3 months. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

13 June 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
12 June 2014
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The Panel has sent a letter to all interested parties, informing them that it completed its examination of the above application at 23.59hrs on 12 March 2014.

The Panel have asked us to thank everyone who has contributed to the examination.

13 March 2014
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Submissions for the deadline of 11 March 2014, from the applicant and others, have been published.

12 March 2014
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Examination ends
12 March 2014
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Submissions for the deadline of 3 March 2014, from the applicant and others, have been published.

4 March 2014
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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has written to the applicant, declining their request for an extension to the examination.

The Examining authority remains under a duty to complete the examination by the end of Wednesday 12 March 2014.

24 February 2014
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The Examining Authority have sent a letter amending the timetable, giving notice of a site visit, and making a request for information.

20 February 2014
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Submissions for the 12 February 2014 deadline have been published.

18 February 2014
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The Panel have issued a note regarding the date, time and place of the Noise and Vibration and DCO hearings, following adjournment.

12 February 2014
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A written request has been received from Thames Water Utilities Ltd (the applicant) to extend the time period of the current examination timetable. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs will jointly consider this request and make a decision in due course.

12 February 2014
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The submissions made by the applicant and interested parties in respect of the 3rd February deadline in the examination timetable are now published:

- Comments on responses to ExA Questions including the latest iteration of the draft DCO and Code of Construction Practice

- Thames Water and Interested Party submissions in relation to specific hearings

5 February 2014
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31 January 2014
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The Examining Authority’s Report on the Implications for European Sites has been published. Comments on this report must be received by 12 February 2014.

21 January 2014
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The applicant has written to the Panel and submitted a Draft River Transport Strategy further to their submissions of 13 January 2014. The Panel have agreed to accept this late submission.

21 January 2014
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Submissions made in respect of the 13th January deadline in the examination timetable are now published:
Responses to Examining Authority’s Second Written Questions
Statements of Common Ground
Draft DCO (latest version)
Other submissions

15 January 2014
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An agenda has been published in respect of the second issue specific hearing relating to the rationale for the selection of work sites and tunnel drive strategy matters, being held on 22nd to 23rd January 2014 (inclusive).

10 January 2014
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Agendas for forthcoming Open Floor, Issue Specific and Compulsory Acquisition hearings have been published.

7 January 2014
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We have been made aware that some parties may not have had sight of Appendix 3 to the Local Impact Report of the Mayor of London. Any parties who have not seen and wish to make comments on this document should do so by 13 January 2014 making clear that their submission relates to that document.

20 December 2013
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The Panel has sent a letter giving notice of hearings and a site visit. They have also asked their second written questions – responses to be received by the Examining authority on or before Monday 13 January 2014.

Written summaries of the cases put orally at the hearings held on and between Thursday 28 November and Friday 20 December 2013 have been published.

19 December 2013
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Comments on Written Representations, and other submissions for the deadline of 2 December 2013, have been published.

4 December 2013
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Agendas for the first DCO Issue Specific Hearing and Compulsory Acquisition Hearings have been published.

18 November 2013
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Please be advised that all Written Representations, Local Impact Reports, Statements of Common Ground and responses to the Panel’s First Written Questions are now published.

- Written Representations
- Local Impact Reports and Statements of Common Ground
- Responses to Panel’s First Written Questions

11 November 2013
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Publication of Agendas for Issue Specific Hearings and Open Floor Hearings:
- Issue Specific Hearings on the rationale for the selection of work sites and drive strategy matters (11 to 15 November inclusive)
- Open Floor Hearings (19 to 23 November inclusive)

4 November 2013
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We have been notified that the planned industrial action by postal workers on the 4th November 2013 has been cancelled. Please ensure that any postal submissions reach us by the deadlines set.

1 November 2013
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A relevant representation from Mr David Nicholas Martin Starkie has been published today. The delay in publishing this representation is the result of a technical fault, for which we apologise.

Parties responding to relevant representations should also take this representation fully into account.

25 October 2013
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The Panel have issued a letter, with notification of the dates, times and places of hearings, and a procedural decision relating to the application to make changes to the application for development consent.

The document referred to in the procedural decision can be found here.

We have been notified about likely industrial action by postal workers on the 4th November 2013. Please be mindful of this and try to ensure that any postal submissions intended for the 4 November deadline are posted in time to avoid the likely disruption to deliveries.

15 October 2013
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The Examining Authority issued a letter under Rule 8 of the Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 on 26 September 2013. The letter includes the timetable for the examination. The Examining Authority’s first written questions, and letters of appointment of legal advisors under s101 of the Planning Act 2008, have also been published today.

The Applicant has requested that the Examining Authority consider proposed changes to the application, which have been published on our website; please see the rule 8 letter for more information about how this request will be handled

26 September 2013
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

26 September 2013
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The examination of the Thames Tideway Tunnel application started on the Thursday 12 September 2013 following the close of the Preliminary Meeting. The Panel’s procedural decision, including the examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) will be issued to interested parties on 26 September 2013.

Attention is drawn to Item 2 of the draft examination timetable set out at Annex D of the Rule 4 and 6 letter issued on 25 July 2013.

This contains a list of items that the Panel has requested be submitted to them on or before 23 September 2013.

16 September 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
12 September 2013
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The Examining Authority issued a letter under Rule 4 and Rule 6 of the Examination Procedure (Infrastructure Planning) Rules 2010 on 25 July 2013.

The Examining Authority has issued an Updated Preliminary Meeting Agenda

6 September 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes appointment of Examining Authority, draft timetable of examination and statement of principal issues.

25 July 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
4 June 2013
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The Secretary of State has appointed Jan Bessell, Libby Gawith, Emrys Parry, Andrew Phillipson and David Prentis to examine this application. Interested Parties will be formally notified of the appointment under Rule 4 of The Infrastructure Planning (Examination Procedure) Rules 2010 in July.

3 June 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
28 May 2013
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The Planning Inspectorate is holding a series of events to help people understand the planning process, when to register and how to make a representation. See the poster for details of locations and dates.

18 April 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
17 April 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

27 March 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
27 March 2013
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
28 February 2013