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Consultation & engagement

These pages give details of the engagement we have carried out to date.

Below is a diagram which illustrates the factors we have considered in our decision-making process. For example, a wide range of important factors have influenced the proposed route.

We have also published our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) which explains how we have engaged with the local community throughout the project.

Your feedback to date has enabled us to develop and improve our proposals, so we’d like to thank everyone that has got involved so far.

We held a formal public consultation from 10 February until 27 March 2015 in which we sought your feedback on our proposals. This was in conjunction with the requirements laid out under section 42 to 47 of the Planning Act 2008.

We invited people impacted by the proposals to submit responses in relation to all areas of the proposed development. This could be done via a number ways:

  • Filling out a feedback form
  • Attending one our six consultation events
  • Attending a pop-up event
  • Visiting one our information points
  • Visiting an inspection box
  • Writing to us via freepost
  • Call the project telephone number
  • Emailing the project email address

Our public consultation has closed and we submitted our application to the Planning Inspectorate 14 January 2016. Download our January 2016 newsletter to find out more about the proposals we submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. 

Over the last six months, a panel of four inspectors (the Examining Authority) appointed by the Planning Inspectorate (the Government Agency responsible for nationally significant infrastructure project planning applications) has examined our application. As part of this process, a series of hearings took place, where stakeholders, landowners, tenants and members of the public provided feedback on our application.

The examination process has now come to an end and we would like to thank everyone for their feedback during this process and for giving us your views since the start of the project.

The Planning Inspectorate will now have three months to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as to whether or not the application should be approved.  The Secretary of State will then have a further three months to make the final decision.

Further information can be found on the Planning Inspectorate’s dedicated Richborough Connection project page: