West Burton Solar Project Examination timetable

The examination timetable gives the dates of events and deadlines for submissions to be made by.

You can have your say during the examination stage of the project.

The examination stage

The examination opened on 8 November 2023

The examination is expected to close on 8 May 2024

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Upcoming deadlines and events

28 February 2024 - Deadline 4

Open

Deadline 4

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Comments on any submissions received by Deadlines 2 and 3
  • Updated Statements of Common Ground in clean and tracked change versions
  • Written summaries of oral submissions made at hearings held w/c 22 January and w/c 5 February 2024 (if required)
  • Updated Applicant’s documents – clean version and version showing tracked changes since the last submitted versions of:
  • Draft Development Consent Order
  • Explanatory Memorandum
  • Book of Reference
  • Statement of Reasons
  • Report on the interrelationships with other National Infrastructure Projects
  • Schedule of progress regarding objections and agreements in relation to Compulsory Acquisition, Temporary Possession, other land rights and blight
  • Schedule of progress regarding Protective Provisions and Statutory Undertakers
  • Schedule of the latest versions of the Applicant’s submitted documents and documents to be certified
  • Schedule of Progress towards securing other consents
  • Any further information requested by ExA for this deadline

13 March 2024 - Issue Specific Hearing 5

Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) Wednesday 13 March 2024 on postponed matters from ISH3 Wednesday 7 February 2024 and ISH4 Thursday 8 February 2024.

The morning of Thursday 14 March 2024 is also reserved in the event that ISH5 on Wednesday 13 March 2024 over-runs

15 March 2024 - Deadline 4A

Closing date for CA Regulations RRs

Deadline 4A

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

  • CA Regulations Written Representations (CA Regulations WRs) relating to the effect of the change requests.
  • Summaries of any CA Regulations WRs that exceed 1500 words.
  • Any further information requested by the ExA under Rule 17 of the EPR.

18 March 2024 - Deadline 4B

Deadline 4B

For receipt by the Examining Authority of

  • Requests from any additional Interested Parties and any additional Affected Persons to speak at a further Open Floor Hearing

  • Requests from any additional Interested Parties and any additional Affected Persons to speak ata further Issue Specific Hearing

  • Requests from any additional Interested Parties and any additional Affected Persons to speak at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing

19 March 2024 - Publication by the Examining Authority

Publication by the ExA of:

  • Second Written Questions (if required)
  • Report on the Implications for European Sites (if required)

11 April 2024 - Deadline 5

Deadline 5

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Comments on any submissions received by Deadline 4
  • Any further information requested by ExA
  • Responses to the ExAs Second Written Questions (if required)
  • Comments on the Report on Implications for European Sites (if required)
  • Comments on submissions for Deadline 4A

19 April 2024 - Publication by the ExA

Publication of:

  • The ExA’s commentary on, or schedule of changes to, the draft Development Consent Order (if required)

22 April 2024 - Additional Hearings

Additional hearings 22 and 23 April 2024 (Open Floor Hearing, Issue Specific Hearing and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing) (if required)

30 April 2024 - Deadline 6

Deadline 6

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Comments on any submissions received by Deadline 5

  • Comments on ExA’s commentary on, or schedule of changes to, the dDCO (if required)

  • Final Statements of Common Ground in clear and tracked changes versions

  • Updated Applicant’s final documents – clean version and version showing tracked changes since the last submitted versions of:

  • Report on the interrelationships with other National Infrastructure Projects

  • Schedule of progress regarding objections and agreements in relation to Compulsory Acquisition, Temporary Possession, other land rights and blight

  • Schedule of progress regarding Protective Provisions and Statutory Undertakers

  • Schedule of the latest versions of the Applicant’s submitted documents and documents to be certified

  • Schedule of Progress towards securing other consents

  • Draft Development Consent Order

  • Explanatory Memorandum

  • Book of Reference

  • Statement of Reasons

  • Written summary of oral submissions at hearings held on 22 and 23 April 2024 (if required)

  • Any further information requested by ExA

8 May 2024 - Deadline 7

Deadline 7

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Summary statements from parties regarding matters that they have previously raised during the Examination that have not been resolved to their satisfaction
  • Comments on any submissions received by Deadline 6
  • Any other information requested by the ExA for this deadline

8 May 2024 - End of Examination

The ExA is under a duty to complete the Examination of the application by the end of the period of six months

Past deadlines and events

24 August 2023 - Procedural Deadline A

Closed

Procedural Deadline A

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

  • Written submissions on the Examination Procedure, including the draft Examination Timetable
  • Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting
  • Requests to be heard at Open Floor Hearing 1

7 September 2023 - Preliminary Meeting

Closed

Preliminary Meeting

31 October 2023 - Procedural Deadline B

Closed

Procedural Deadline B

Deadline for receipt by the ExA of:

  • Written submissions on revised draft Examination Timetable
  • Requests to be heard orally at the Preliminary Meeting
  • Requests to be heard at Open Floor Hearing 1 (Please respond even if you previously requested to be heard at the postponed OFH1)
  • Requests to be heard at Issue Specific Hearing 1

8 November 2023 - resumed Preliminary Meeting

Closed

resumed Preliminary Meeting

8 November 2023 - Open Floor Hearing

Closed

Open Floor Hearing 1

9 November 2023 - Issue Specific Hearing 1

Closed

Issue Specific Hearing 1 on scope of Proposed development; Need, Site Selection and Alternatives; and Environmental Matters

24 November 2023 - Deadline 1

Closed

Deadline 1

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Statements of Common Ground requested by the ExA
  • Comments on Relevant Representations (RR)
  • Summaries of all RR exceeding 1500 words
  • Written summaries of oral submissions made at Open Floor Hearing 1 held on 8 November 2023
  • Notification by Statutory Parties of their wish to be considered as an Interested Party (IP) by the ExA
  • Applicant’s draft itinerary for a Site Inspection
  • Requests to be heard by interested parties at a further Open Floor Hearing
  • Requests by Affected Persons (defined in section 59(4) of the Planning Act 2008) to be heard at a Compulsory Acquisition Hearing
  • Suggested locations for site inspections (Accompanied or Unaccompanied), including the reason for nomination, issues to be observed and whether the location(s) require access to private land
  • Applicant’s updated documents – clean and tracked version showing changes since the last submitted versions of:
  • Draft Development Consent Order
  • Explanatory Memorandum
  • Book of Reference
  • Statement of Reasons
  • Report on the interrelationships with other National Infrastructure Projects
  • Schedule of progress regarding objections and agreements in relation to Compulsory Acquisition, Temporary Possession, other land rights and blight
  • Schedule of progress regarding Protective Provisions and Statutory Undertakers
  • Schedule of the latest versions of the Applicant’s submitted documents and documents to be certified
  • Schedule of Progress towards securing other consents
  • Any further information requested by ExA for this deadline

7 December 2023 - Deadline 1A

Closed

Deadline 1A

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Local Impact Reports from Local Authorities
  • Written Representations (WR)
  • Summary of all WRs exceeding 1500 words
  • Comments on any Additional Submissions made after the close of the Relevant Representation period.

15 December 2023 - Publication by the Examining Authority (ExA)

Closed

Publication by the ExA of:

  • First Written Questions (if required)

3 January 2024 - Deadline 2

Closed

Deadline 2

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Comments on any submissions received by Deadline 1
  • Updated Statements of Common Ground in clear and tracked changes versions
  • Comments on the Applicant’s draft itinerary for the Site Inspection
  • Applicant’s updated documents – clean and tracked version showing changes since the last submitted versions of:
  • Draft Development Consent Order
  • Explanatory Memorandum
  • Book of Reference
  • Statement of Reasons
  • Report on the interrelationships with other National Infrastructure Projects
  • Schedule of progress regarding objections and agreements in relation to Compulsory Acquisition, Temporary Possession, other land rights and blight
  • Schedule of progress regarding Protective Provisions and Statutory Undertakers
  • Schedule of the latest versions of the Applicant’s submitted documents and documents to be certified
  • Schedule of Progress towards securing other consents
  • Any further information requested by ExA for this deadline

9 January 2024 - Deadline 3

Closed

Deadline 3

For receipt by the ExA of:

  • Responses to the ExA’s First Written Questions

22 January 2024 - Weeks reserved for Hearings and Site Inspections

Closed

Hearings 23 and 24 January 2024:

  • Issue Specific Hearing 2 on the draft Development Consent Order (ISH2) - Tuesday 23 January 2024

  • Open Floor Hearing 2 (OFH2) - Wednesday 24 January 2024

5 February 2024 - Week reserved for hearings

Closed

Hearings 6 - 9 February 2024:

  • Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) - Tuesday 6 February 2024

  • Issue Specific Hearing 3 on Environmental Matters (ISH3) - Wednesday 7 February 2024

  • Issue Specific Hearing 4 on Environmental Matters (ISH4) - Thursday 8 February 2024

  • Morning of Friday 9 February reserved in case ISH4 Thursday 8 February over-runs

6 February 2024 - Compulsory Acquisition Hearing

Closed

Compulsory Acquisition Hearing (CAH1)

7 February 2024 - Issue Specific Hearing 3

Closed

Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) on Environmental Matters

8 February 2024 - Issue Specific Hearing 4

Closed

Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) on Environmental Matters