Heysham to M6 Link Road

What happens next

A decision on the application for a development consent order for Heysham to M6 Link Road was taken on 19 March 2013 and has now been issued. The statement of reasons can be viewed here.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all interested parties accompanying the statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at enquiries@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the helpdesk on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (19 items)

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A judgement was issued on 4th October 2013 in respect of the High Court challenge by Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe.

7 October 2013
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The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application. For further information, please refer to the Secretary of State’s decision letter, the development consent order and the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation to the Secretary of State.

19 March 2013
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
19 March 2013
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
19 December 2012
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A set of documents submitted by the applicant Lancashire County Council (4.1 to 4.4 and 4.6 to 4.8) for the deadline of 6 September 2012 have been published.

An apology has been sent to Interested Parties for not making these documents available on the National Infrastructure Planning website at the time.

30 October 2012
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The Examining authority has concluded his examination of the Heysham – M6 Link Road application and has sent a letter to Interested Parties.

Now that the examination is closed the Examining authority will no longer be able to receive written representations and submissions about this application.

The Examining authority must prepare a report on the application to the relevant Secretary of State, including a recommendation, within 3 months of the end of the six month examination period. The Secretary of State then has a further 3 months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent.

21 September 2012
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Examination ends
20 September 2012
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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.

8 May 2012
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An audio recording of the Preliminary Meeting held on 3 April 2012 at Lancaster Town Hall has now been published. Download the recording (MP3 48 MB)

24 April 2012
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The examination timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to interested parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

12 April 2012
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Examination begins
4 April 2012
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Preliminary Meeting takes place
3 April 2012
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Relevant representations published on the website
9 March 2012
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Registration of interested parties closes
20 February 2012
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Registration of interested parties begins
11 January 2012
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The application has been accepted for examination

28 December 2011
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
23 December 2011
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Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
6 December 2011