Development Consent Order(DCO) and Redetermination 

Reference material:

A303 Stonehenge Planning Inspectorate: Overview and ‘What Happens Next’

A303 Stonehenge Planning Inspectorate: Examination Library 

A303 Stonehenge Planning Inspectorate: Recordings of Issue Specific and Open Floor Hearings 

Overview of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) and DCO planning process: Stonehenge Alliance explainer  

Summary of the Stonehenge Alliance case against the A303 Stonehenge DCO

Timeline of process with Stonehenge Alliance written representations and submissions

The links on the timeline below take you to documents principally published on the Planning Inspectorate website library.

2022
  • April 29 – Invitation by Transport Secretary to comment on Applicant’s update to  Section 4 on Carbon.  Deadline 10 June 2022.
  • April 26 – 1,237 entries in response to Transport Secretary’s consultation letter of 24 February 2022
  • April 4 – Deadline for comment on National Highways’ reapplication and justification.  Members of public (unregistered Interested Parties) have responded, but their comments will only be published at the Transport Secretary’s discretion.
  • February 24 – Sec of State’s invitation to Interested Parties to comment on his Statement of Matters and National Highways’ responses by 4th April 2022
  • January 23 to February 23 – National Highways responses and further information submitted to Transport Secretary’s Statement of Matters published under Documents dated 23/01/22, 24/01/22 and 23/02/22
2021
  • November 30 – Secretary of State’s Statement of Matters and invitation to the DCO Applicant to make further representations for the purposes of his re-determination of the scheme
  • October 27 – Chancellor’s spending review omits budget for A303 Stonehenge scheme – see media report
  • August 10 – Notice that the Transport Secretary will re-determine the DCO Application
  • July 30 – High Court judge rules against the Secretary of State’s decision to proceed with the scheme: judgment by The Hon. Mr Justice Holgate: Summary | Full
2020
2019
2018
  • December 14 – Stonehenge Alliance to Jesse Norman, Minister of Transport: concerning limited registration period
  • December 8 – Registration of Interested Parties and submit Relevant Representation begins
  • November 16 – Planning application accepted by Planning Inspectorate.
  • October 19 – Draft DCO Application by Highways England received by the Planning Inspectorate
Submissions by Stonehenge Alliance and team

Deadline 1 Submission (25 April 2019) – Suggestions for sites to include in itinerary for Accompanied Site Inspection on 21 May 2019

Deadline 1 Submission (18 April 2019) – Highways England: Response to Stonehenge Alliance concerning missing information

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Introduction to Case

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 1 Alternatives Dr. Kate Fielden, BA, D.Phil. and George McDonic, MBE, BL, DIPLTP, DPA, FFB

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 4 Biodiversity, Biological Environment and Ecology Dr. Kate Fielden, BA, D.Phil., with advice of Tracé Williams, MSc., BSc.

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principle Issue 7 Flood Risk groundwater protection Dr George Reeves, CGeol, CEnv, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FGS, FIMMM

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 9 Heritage and the Historic Environment Dr Kate Fielden, BA., D.Phil.

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 10 Landscape and Visual Aspects of the LVIA Andy Norfolk, MSc, Dip.L.A

Deadline 2 Submission(3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 11 Noise and Vibration (Tranquillity) Clive Bentley, BSc (Hons), CEnv, CSci., MCIEH, MIEnvSc. MIOA

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 11 Vibration from tunnel boring Rupert Thornely-Taylor, FIOA

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Principal Issue 13 Transport Planning and Economics Issues Dr Simon Temple, BSc, MSc, D.Phil.

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019)- Written Representation on the Cultural Heritage Value Report Alan James, MA, BSc.

Deadline 2 Submission (3 May 2019) – Written Representation on Concerns about consultation on the Scheme Dr Kate Fielden, BA, D.Phil.

Deadline 3 Submission (from 22 May to 14 June) – Open Floor Hearings Tom Holland, Dr Simon Temple & Dr Kate Fielden and Dr Temple, Dr Fielden and Dr George Reeve

Deadline 3 Submission – Summary of Open Floor Hearing on Climate Change – Mike Birkin, Friends of the Earth

Deadline 4 Submission (21 June) –  Our Summary of Oral Representations made at Specific Hearings and Further comments 

For all later submissions by the Alliance and others, please search ‘Stonehenge Alliance’. on the Planning Inspectorate’s Examination Library site

Other mutual objectors:
  • Consortium of Archaeologists and the Blick Mead Project Team
  • Council for British Archaeology (CBA)
  • Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society

 

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