About the examination stage
The examination stage is where the examining authority will look at the proposed project and ask questions.
The applicant, anyone who is registered to have their say, official bodies and people whose land is directly affected can comment on the proposed development or answer any of the questions at each deadline.
This is usually done in writing.
The examining authority will publish their questions at the times indicated in the examination timetable.
The examination may also involve hearings if there are issues that the examining inspectors consider require discussing in detail.
This stage takes up to 6 months.
What happens at the examination stage
The examination stage is where the examining authority will consider the proposed development and ask questions.
The applicant, anyone registered to have their say, official bodies and people whose land is directly affected can comment on the documents or answer any of the questions at each deadline.
You can send your comments by filling in the online form in the project section of this website.
Anyone who has difficulty using online services can send us information by email or post.
The project information in the project section of this website provides contact details for the project case team.
What you can do if you have registered to have your say
Once you have registered to have your say, you must use your interested party reference when submitting comments.
- comment on the proposed development at each deadline
- attend any hearings
All project documents, comments from others who have registered and examination questions will be published in the specific project section of this website.
To find out more about what you can do if you are registered to have your say, check our guide for having your say about a national infrastructure project.
If you have missed the deadline to register
You can look at the project information, but you cannot submit a comment.
If you have a legal interest in land affected by the proposed development and:
- have not been contacted by the developer; and
- did not register to have your say to become an interested party
Email the project team mailbox. The email address can be found in the contact us section of the project page.
More detailed advice
If you need more detailed advice, you can check our advice notes for more information.
Read the full set of technical advice notes