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17 May 2024

The Secretary of State has granted development consent for this application.

For further information please refer to the following decision documentation:


  • Planning Inspectorate's Notification of Decision Letter

  • Secretary of State's Decision Letter

  • Development Consent Order as made

  • Examining Authority's Recommendation Report

  • Regulation 31 Notice

  • Habitats Regulations Assessment

All of the above documents can be accessed on the documents page of the M3 Junction 9 Improvement webpage

19 April 2024

19 April 2024

Comments (relevant representations) from those who have registered to have their say are now published.


View the comments

19 April 2024

22 March 2024

The Secretary of State has issued a consultation letter (PDF, 112KB) requesting comments from All Interested Parties.

The deadline for response is 8 April 2024

11 March 2024

The Secretary of State has issued a consultation letter (PDF, 118KB) requesting comments from the Applicant. The deadline for response is 15 March 2024.

16 February 2024

Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate

17 November 2023

The Examining Authority's notification of the completion of the Examination (PDF, 135 KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 543 KB) has been updated.

6 November 2023

The Deadline 7 submissions have been published.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Winchester Friends of the Earth (PDF, 208KB) at Deadline 7.

The Examination Library (PDF, 488KB) has been updated.

2 November 2023

The Deadline 6 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 489KB) has been updated.

5 October 2023

The Examining Authority’s itinerary for the ASI2 (PDF, 152KB) have been published.


The Examination Library (PDF, 454KB) has been updated.

27 September 2023

The Deadline 5 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 455KB) has been updated.

25 September 2023

The Examining Authority’s notification of an Accompanied Site Inspection 2 (ASI2) (PDF, 167KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 428KB) has been updated.

23 August 2023

The Deadline 4 Submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 430 KB) has been updated.

8 August 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 3.

Anyone who wishes to observe the Issue Specific Hearing in real time should use the following link https://cvslivestream.co.uk/m3j9/. Please note that the event will start broadcasting LIVE when opened by the Examining Authority.

If the Livestream does not initially work it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

4 August 2023

The recordings and transcripts of Issue Specific Hearing 2 have been published.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from Dr Andrew Boswell.

The Examining Authority’s Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 3 (PDF, 193 KB) has been published.

The Agenda includes a list of speakers for the hearing. The Agenda includes a list of the documents that may be referred to during the hearing.

The Examination Library (PDF, 376 KB) has been updated.

1 August 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2.

Anyone who wishes to observe the Issue Specific Hearing in real time should use the following link https://cvslivestream.co.uk/m3j9/. Please note that the event will start broadcasting LIVE when opened by the Examining Authority.

If the Livestream does not initially work it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

25 July 2023

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Hampshire County Council (PDF, 8MB).

The Examination Library (PDF 362 KB) has been updated.

21 July 2023

The Examining Authority's Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) (PDF, 224KB) has been published.

The Agenda includes a list of speakers for the hearing.

The Agenda includes a list of the documents that may be referred to during the hearing.

The Examination Library (PDF, 361KB) has been updated

19 July 2023

The Deadline 3 Submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 361 KB) has been updated.

13 July 2023

The recordings of the Issue Specific Hearing 1 Part 1 and Transcript Part 1 (PDF 241KB) and the Issue Specific Hearing 1 Part 2 and Transcript Part 2 (PDF 248KB) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 352KB) has been updated.

12 July 2023

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept late Deadline 2 submissions from National Highways.

The Examination Library (PDF, 349 KB) has been updated.

10 July 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the following event, which takes place on 11 July 2023:

Anyone wishing to attend the hearing who has not yet registered to attend should contact the Case Team by emailing M3Junction9@planninginspectorate.gov.uk.

Anyone who wishes to observe the hearings in real time should use the M3 Junction 9 Improvement (liveeventstream.online). Please note that the events will start broadcasting LIVE when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

5 July 2023

The Examining Authority's Agenda for the Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) (PDF, 166KB)  has been published.

The Agenda includes a list of the documents that may be referred to during the hearing.

The Examination Library (PDF, 347KB) has been updated.

30 June 2023

The Examining Authority’s notification of Accompanied Site Inspection 1 (ASI1) (PDF, 167KB) and the itinerary for the ASI (PDF, 175KB) have been published.

Interested Parties who wish to speak and/or attend Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) on Tuesday 1, Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 August and/or Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) on Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 August please complete the following ISH 2 and ISH 2 Involvement Form  by 17 July 2023 (Deadline 3).

The Examination Library (PDF, 347KB) has been updated

23 June 2023

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept an Additional Submission from Itchen Valley Parish Council (PDF, 96KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 339KB) has been updated.

22 June 2023

Due to an oversight some submissions made at Deadline 2 were not initially published or added to the Examination Library (PDF, 324KB).

The following additional Deadline 2 submissions made by the Applicant; National Highways have now been published:

M3 J9 3.3 Consents and Agreements Position Statement (Rev 1) (tracked) (PDF, 609KB)

M3 J9 3.3 Consents and Agreements Position Statement (Rev 1) (clean) (PDF, 314B)

The Examining Authority has issued a Notification of an Accompanied Site Inspection (PDF, 167KB) to be held on Monday 10 July 2023.

The Examination Library (PDF, 324KB) has been updated.

21 June 2023

The Deadline 2 Submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF 324 KB) has been updated.

14 June 2023

The technical issue with the Event Participation Form has now been rectified.

8 June 2023

The Deadline 1 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 390KB) has been updated

25 May 2023

The following documents have been published:

The Examination Library (PDF, 245KB) has been updated

25 May 2023

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties.

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting.

22 May 2023

The following documents have been published:

The Examination Library (PDF, 243 KB) has been updated.

18 May 2023

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from National Highways.

The Examination Library (PDF, 240KB) has been updated.

16 May 2023

Preliminary Meeting takes place

16 May 2023

Examination begins

15 May 2023

The Examining Authority’s Agenda for the Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1) (PDF, 214KB)  has been published.

The Agenda includes a list of speakers for the hearing.

The Examination Library (PDF, 236KB) has been updated.

15 May 2023

The note of the Examining Authority’s Unaccompanied Site Inspection on 28 April 2023 (PDF, 251KB) has been published

The Examination Library (PDF, 218 KB) has been updated

15 May 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) and Open Floor Hearing 1 (OFH1).

Anyone who wishes to observe the PM and OFH1 in real time should use the following link https://cvslivestream.co.uk/m3j9/. Please note that the event will start broadcasting LIVE when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

18 April 2023

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent.

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

28 March 2023

Relevant representations published on the website

13 March 2023

Registration of interested parties closes

1 February 2023

Registration of interested parties begins

15 December 2022

The application has been accepted for examination

12 December 2022

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on Monday 21 November 2022 and application documents for this application were published on Friday 9 December 2022. These documents have been de-published on Monday 12 December 2022, pending the completion of the Acceptance stage.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination. It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

21 November 2022

Application received by the Planning Inspectorate