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Transport Update

Statement made on 6 December 2022

Statement UIN HLWS404

Statement

My Honourable Friend, the Minister of State for Transport (Huw Merriman), has made the following Ministerial Statement.

I have been asked by my Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State to make this Written Ministerial Statement. This statement confirms that it has been necessary to extend the deadline for the decision for the A1 Northumberland – Morpeth to Ellingham Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008.

Under section 107(1) of the Planning Act 2008, the Secretary of State must make his decision within 3 months of receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) to extend the deadline and make a Statement to the House of Parliament announcing the new deadline.

The Secretary of State received the Examining Authority’s report on the A1 Northumberland – Morpeth to Ellingham Development Consent Order application on 5 October 2021. The current deadline for a decision is 5 December 2022, having been extended from 5 January 2022 to 5 June 2022 by way of written ministerial statement of 15 December 2021 and then to 5 December 2022 by written ministerial statement of 6 June 2022

The deadline for the decision is to be further extended to 5 September 2023 (an extension of 9 months). The reason remains as that set out in the written ministerial statement of 6 June 2022.

The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to give development consent for the above application.

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Department for Transport
Transport Update
Huw Merriman
Minister of State for Transport
Conservative, Bexhill and Battle
Statement made 6 December 2022
HCWS413
Commons