The Stonehenge World Heritage Site has been threatened by road building and other major developments for over 30 years.

The schemes and associated public inquiries concerning the World Heritage Site are recorded Save Stonehenge! website here up to December 2007.  The website was archived in 2013 by its founder, the UK Rivers Trust. The website’s newspaper headlines and links neatly capture the ups and downs of the Stonehenge Saga.

A smouldering dispute: a campaign history

A ‘smouldering dispute’: The Stonehenge saga continues by our founders, the late Lord and Lady Kennet.

Stonehenge Saga: Timeline

The links take you to our documents on the Planning Inspectorate library

  • 2027 Planned completion date for scheme
  • 2021 Planned start on site (may be delayed)
  • 2020 November 13 – New date set for decision by Transport Secretary
  • 2020 July 17 – Decision by Transport Secretary delayed
  • 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 27-28 – Stonehenge Alliance and Council for British Archaeology comment to SoS on responses from Highways England, Historic England, and Wiltshire Council
  • 2020 May 21 – media report that completion of work on A303 Stonehenge will be delayed by a year
  • 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 March 11 – Chancellor funds Stonehenge scheme
  • 2020 January 2 – Examining Authority’s Report and Recommendation sent to Secretary of State for Transport
  • 2019 October 2 – Examination ends
  • 2019 April 3 – Start of Examination of Scheme
  • 2019 April 2 – Examining Authority’s Preliminary Meeting for interested parties
  • 2019 May 17 – 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 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 December 14 – Final date to register as an Interested Party
  • 2018 November 16 – 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”.
  • 2018 October 9 – Highways England submit application to Planning Inspectorate. Cost increases to £1.7bn.
  • 2018 July 17 – August 14 Supplementary Consultation on minor alterations
  • 2018 February 8 to April 23 – Statutory consultation on proposed scheme. Cost increases to £1.6bn.
  • 2017 September – Announcement of preferred route
  • 2017 January 12 to March 5 – Non-statutory consultation on route option. Cost increases to £1.4bn.
  • 2015-2016 – Route assessment and identification
  • 2014 – Scheme included in the Roads Investment Strategy. Budget cost £1.2bn.
  • 2013 – A303 feasibility study announced as part of the Autumn Statement
  • 2007 – Withdrawn from roads programme – Conservation groups joint statement
  • 2005 – Review of options after substantial increase in estimated costs
  • 2004 – Public inquiry
  • 2002 – 2.1km initially cut and cover, then short bored tunnel announced < Stonehenge Alliance formed
  • 1999 – Preferred route announced
  • 1998 – Scheme re-introduced to roads programme
  • 1996 – Scheme withdrawn from roads programme
  • 1995 – Planning Conference – Salisbury
  • 1994 – 1995 – Further route identification
  • 1994 – International conference by English Heritage “Stonehenge: The Great Debate” London – National Trust commit to a long bored tunnel
  • 1993 – Public consultation
  • 1991 – 1993 – Initial route identification for improvements to A303
  • 1986 – Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site inscribed by UNESCO
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