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26 January 2024

The Examining Authority’s notification of the completion of the Examination (PDF, 134KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 785 KB )has been updated.

26 January 2024

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from the Applicant (PDF, 579KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 767KB) has been updated.

25 January 2024

The examination is expected to close on 25 January 2024

24 January 2024

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from DFDS Seaways Plc – Comment on the Applicant's 12 January 2024 Rule 17 request response (PDF, 38KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 786 KB) has been updated.

23 January 2024

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from the Applicant - Cover Letter and Closing Submissions from the Applicant (PDF, 5MB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 786 KB) has been updated.

19 January 2024

The Deadline 10 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 774KB) has been updated.

17 January 2024

The Deadline 9 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 755KB) has been updated.

11 January 2024

The Examining Authority’s Procedural Decision and details of changes to the Examination Timetable letter (PDF, 211KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 730KB) has been updated.

22 December 2023

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (EXQ4) (PDF,298 KB) have been published.

The Deadline for response is Monday 8 January 2024, Deadline 8.

The Examination Library (PDF,671 KB) has been updated.

21 December 2023

The  Deadline 7A submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 671KB) has been updated.

13 December 2023

The Deadline 7 submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 668KB) has been updated.

6 December 2023

The Examining Authority’s Procedural Decision and details of changes to the Examination Timetable letter (PDF, 198KB) in relation to the Applicant’s change request and various other matters has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 590KB) and Examination Timetable have been updated.

27 November 2023

The recordings and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) and Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6) have been published.

The Examining Authority has accepted the following Additional Submissions:

  • Associated British Ports - Port of Tilbury (Expansion) order DCO

  • Associated British Ports - Able Marine Energy Park DCO

  • Winkworth Sherwood LLP on behalf of Harbour Master, Humber - Lake Lothing Third Crossing DCO


The Examination Library (PDF 577KB ) has been updated.

23 November 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6), scheduled for Thursday 23 November 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

21 November 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) Continued, scheduled for Wednesday 22 November 2023.

An email shall be sent on Wednesday 22 November to those parties that have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6) scheduled for Thursday 23 November 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

20 November 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) scheduled for Tuesday 21 November 2023.

An email shall be sent on Tuesday 21 November to those parties that have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) continued scheduled for Wednesday 21 November 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from DFDS Seaways Plc – Response to ABP's Proposed Change Consultation (PDF, 31KB)

The Examination library (PDF, 549KB) has been updated.

15 November 2023

The Examining Authority has also issued their Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) (PDF, 408KB)

The Examination Library (PDF, 549KB) has been updated.

14 November 2023

The Agendas for Issue Specific Hearing 5 (ISH5) (PDF, 138KB) on Tuesday 21 November 2023 and Wednesday 22 November 2023, and Issue Specific Hearing 6 (ISH6) (PDF, 135KB) on Thursday 23 November 2023 are now available.

The Deadline 6 Submissions have been published.

6 November 2023

A Procedural Decision by the Examining Authority (PDF, 139KB) has been published regarding the final and signed Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) between the Applicant and the Environment Agency.

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept Additional Submissions from the Environment Agency (PDF 227KB) and the Applicant (PDF 288KB).

The Examination Library (PDF, 514 KB) has been updated

20 October 2023

The Examining Authority has exercised its discretion to accept various Additional Submissions from the Applicant, including a formal notification to make changes to the Development Consent Order application. (PDF 970KB)

Please note that the publication of the Applicant’s change request letter and the supplementary information referred to therein does not indicate that the proposed change has been accepted for examination by the Examining Authority.

11 October 2023

The Deadline 4 (D4) submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 459KB) has been updated.

5 October 2023

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from DFDS Seaways Plc - Sept 2023 Admiralty Chart #3497 - data extracts (PDF, 6MB)

The Examination Library (PDF 436KB) has been updated.

5 October 2023

The Examining Authority has issued a Procedural Decision in relation to the acceptance of corrected versions of the Applicant’s Navigation Simulation Study [APP-090 and APP-091] and Navigation Simulation – Stakeholder Demonstrations [APP-092] (PDF, 127KB)

The Examining Authority has accepted the following Additional Submissions from the Applicant:

  • Cover letter for updated Navigation Simulation documentation dated 27 September 2023

  • 8.4.10(b) Environmental Statement - Volume 3 - Appendix10.2 - Navigation Simulation Study - Part 1 - V2

  • 8.4.10(b) Environmental Statement - Volume 3 - Appendix10.2 - Navigation Simulation Study - Part 2 - V2

  • 8.4.10(c) Environmental Statement - Volume 3 - Appendix 10.3 - Navigational Simulation - Stakeholder Demonstrations - V2


The Examination Library (PDF 434KB) has been updated.

2 October 2023

The recordings and transcripts for Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3)Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 433KB) has been updated.

28 September 2023

The Examining Authority has accepted an Additional Submission from the Applicant - Draft DCO: Requirement 18 – Impact protection measures and associated indicative plan (PDF, 367KB)

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the events scheduled for Thursday 28 September 2023 which comprise of: continuation of Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) commencing at 10:00, Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) commencing at 15:00 and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) commencing at 18:00.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that all hearings on Thursday 28 September 2023 can be watched via the same link, the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

27 September 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the events scheduled for Thursday 28 September 2023 which comprise of: continuation of Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) commencing at 10:00, Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) commencing at 15:00 and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) commencing at 18:00.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that all hearings on Thursday 28 September 2023 can be watched via the same link, the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

26 September 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) scheduled for Wednesday 27 September 2023.

An email shall be sent on Wednesday 27 September to those parties that have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) continued, Issue Specific Hearing 4 (ISH4) and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (CAH1) scheduled for Thursday 28 September 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

20 September 2023

19 September 2023

The following documents have been published:

Agenda for Issue Specific Hearing 3 (ISH3) (PDF 133KB)

Accompanied Site Inspection itinerary – 26 September 2023 (PDF 167KB)

The Examination Library (PDF 411KB) has been updated.

15 September 2023

The Examining Authority’s Further Written Questions (EXQ2) (PDF, 332KB) have been published.

The Deadline for response is Monday 9 October 2023, Deadline 4.

The Examination Library (PDF, 411KB) has been updated.

12 September 2023

The Deadline 3 (D3) submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 409KB) has been updated.

7 September 2023

The Deadline 2 (D2) submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 387KB) has been updated.

30 August 2023

The Examining Authority's notification of Hearings and an Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) (PDF, 197KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 329KB) has been updated.

24 August 2023

The Examining Authority's request for Further Information (PDF, 134KB) from North East Lincolnshire Council has been published. The Deadline for response is Deadline 2 - 5 September 2023

The Examination Library (PDF, 327KB) has been updated.

17 August 2023

The Deadline 1 (D1) submissions have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 325KB) has been updated

11 August 2023

The Note of the Familiarisation Site Inspection (PDF, 147KB) has been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 292KB) has been updated.

8 August 2023

The Examining Authority's First Written Questions (PDF, 379KB) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 290KB) has been updated.

2 August 2023

The Following documents have been published:

The Examination Library (PDF 288KB) has been updated.

2 August 2023

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

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting.

1 August 2023

The recordings and transcripts for the Preliminary Meeting, Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) and Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) have been published.

The Examination Library (PDF, 271KB) has been updated.

26 July 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) scheduled for Thursday 27 July 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

Two submissions from DFDS Seaways Plc which were made for Procedural Deadline A have been published. These submissions submitted on time for the deadline but were missed previously due to a technical error.

25 July 2023

Preliminary Meeting takes place

25 July 2023

Examination begins

24 July 2023

Instructions have been sent to those who have registered to participate in the Preliminary Meeting (PM) and Issue Specific Hearing 1 (ISH1) scheduled for Tuesday 25 July 2023.

An email shall be sent on Wednesday 26 July to those parties that have registered to participate in Issue Specific Hearing 2 (ISH2) scheduled for Thursday 27 July 2023.

Anyone who wishes to observe the events in real time should use the following link: https://www.sparq.live/tr030007

Please note that the event will start streaming when opened by the Examining Authority. If the Livestream does not initially work, it may be resolved by refreshing the webpage.

20 July 2023

The Examining Authority has issued a procedural decision in relation to the itinerary for the familiarisation site inspection (PDF, 156KB)

An Additional Submission from Associated British Ports (PDF, 130KB) concerning proposed scheme changes has been accepted at the discretion of the Examining Authority.

14 July 2023

The Agendas for Issue Specific Hearing 1 (PDF, 158KB) on Tuesday 25 July 2023, and Issue Specific Hearing 2 (PDF, 148KB) on Thursday 27 July 2023 are now available.

A letter has been issued to notify of a Change to the appointed Examining Authority (PDF, 133KB).

The Open Floor Hearing, scheduled for 6.00pm on Tuesday 25 July 2023 has been cancelled.

20 June 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.

26 May 2023

The Examining Authority has issued Procedural Decisions (PDF, 234KB) relating to the preparation of Statements of Common Ground (SoCGs) and summaries of Principal Areas of Disagreement (PADs).

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

21 April 2023

Relevant representations published on the website

19 April 2023

Registration of interested parties closes

6 April 2023

The Examining Authority has accepted 8 Additional Submissions from the Applicant:

The acceptance of the additional submissions will be addressed in the Examining Authority’s forthcoming Rule 6 letter and parties will have an opportunity to submit further written representations during the examination about these additional submissions alongside other matters.

To register as an Interested Party and have your say, please complete a registration form online by 19 April 2023.  For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination.  You can check our step by step guide to find out more about having your say about a national infrastructure project.

9 March 2023

Registration of interested parties begins

6 March 2023

The application has been accepted for examination

10 February 2023

Application received by the Planning Inspectorate

1 February 2023

The application has been withdrawn. Please see the Applicant’s letter (PDF, 102KB).

10 January 2023

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 5 January 2022.

The application documents will be made available on the project page of this website 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).