The Examination of the draft Development Consent Order(DCO) opened on 2nd April 2019 and closed on 3 October 2019.
- Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report (Submitted to the Transport Secretary on 2 January 2020, published by the Planning Inspectorate on 12 November 2020)
- Examining Authority’s Recommendation Report – Appendices (Appendix C: List of abbreviations, p111)
- DCO Application via Planning Inspectorate – Overview
- Planning Inspectorate Examination Library
- Recordings of Issue Specific and Open Floor Hearings via Planning inspectorate site
- Stonehenge Alliance explainer of the DCO planning process: An overview of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP)
Timeline of process, scheme with Stonehenge Alliance written representations and submissions
The links on the timeline take you to our documents published on the Planning Inspectorate library
See also a summary of Our Case
- 2025 to 2030 – New window for scheme completion
- 2023 – Main five-year construction phase expected
- 2021 – Fieldwork expected to begin in late spring,
- 2020 November 12 – Report and recommendation against the scheme by Examining Authority
- 2020 November 12 – Decision by Transport Secretary and reasons for going ahead with scheme
- 2020 September 28 – Dept for Transport invitation to key players for comments on responses
- 2020 August 13 – Stonehenge Alliance response to consultation on Late Neolithic Pit Structures and response from consortium of archaeologists and the Blick Mead project team
- 2020 July 17 – Decision by Transport Secretary (delayed)
- 2020 July 16 – SoS requests further information and consults on Late Neolithic Pit Structures
- 2020 June 25-26 – Stonehenge Alliance and a Consortium of specialist archaeologists write to SoS for Transport about implications of major new archaeological find in WHS
- 2020 May 28 – Stonehenge Alliance to Secretary of State for Transport: response to queries of 4 May 2020
- 2020 May 27-28 – Stonehenge Alliance and Council for British Archaeology comment to SoS on responses from Highways England, Historic England, and Wiltshire Council
- 2020 May 18 – all responses published on Infrastructure Planning website
- 2020 May 16 – SA also responds with comments
- 2020 May 4 – SoS for Transport asks for comments and information from Highways England, Historic England and Natural England
- 2020 29 April – Transport Secretary announced Decision delayed until 17 July 2020
- 2020 2 April – Expected Decision by Secretary of State for Transport
- 2020 12 March – The Stonehenge Alliance reacts to Chancellor’s budget announcement on 11 March
- 2020 2 January – Examining Authority’s Report and Recommendation sent to Secretary of State for Transport
- 2019 2 October – Examination ends
- 2019 September 25 – Our summary of case submitted to the Planning Inspectorate
- 2019 3 April – Start of Examination of Scheme
- 2019 2 April – Examining Authority’s Preliminary Meeting for interested parties
- 2019 14 December – Final date to register as an Interested Party
- 17 May 2019 – Stonehenge Alliance to Planning Inspectorate concerning information still missing
- 2019 April 17 – Stonehenge Alliance to Planning Inspectorate : concerning Hydrogeological reports, Groundwater Monitoring & Modelling reports
- 2019 January 30 – Stonehenge Alliance to Planning Inspectorate: concerning lack of relevant information
- 2019 January 30 – Stonehenge Alliance to Planning Inspectorate : concerning lack of critical information from Environment Agency
- 2019 January 10 – Stonehenge Alliance representation – accepted
- 2018 December 14 – Stonehenge Alliance to Jesse Norman, Minister of Transport: concerning limited registration period
- 2018 – 16 November – Planning application accepted by Planning Inspectorate. The timescale will be published and people can register to become an “Interested Party” by making a “Relevant Representation”.
Deadline 1 Submission – Suggestions for sites to include in itinerary for Accompanied Site Inspection on 21 May 2019
Deadline 1 Submission – Highways England: Response to Stonehenge Alliance concerning missing information
Deadline 2 Submission – Introduction to Case
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 1 Alternatives Dr. Kate Fielden, BA, D.Phil. and George McDonic, MBE, BL, DIPLTP, DPA, FFB
Deadline 2 Submission – 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 – Written Representation on Principle Issue 7 Flood Risk groundwater protection Dr George Reeves, CGeol, CEnv, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), FGS, FIMMM
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 9 Heritage and the Historic Environment Dr Kate Fielden, BA., D.Phil.
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 10 Landscape and Visual Aspects of the LVIA Andy Norfolk, MSc, Dip.L.A
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 11 Noise and Vibration (Tranquillity) Clive Bentley, BSc (Hons), CEnv, CSci., MCIEH, MIEnvSc. MIOA
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 11 Vibration from tunnel boring Rupert Thornely-Taylor, FIOA
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Principal Issue 13 Transport Planning and Economics Issues Dr Simon Temple, BSc, MSc, D.Phil.
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on the Cultural Heritage Value Report Alan James, MA, BSc.
Deadline 2 Submission – Written Representation on Concerns about consultation on the Scheme Dr Kate Fielden, BA, D.Phil.
Deadline 3 Submission – Summary of Open Floor Hearing on Climate Change – Mike Birkin, Friends of the Earth
Deadline 4 Submission – Our Summary of Oral Representations made at Specific Hearings and Further comments