HIGHWAYS ENGLAND – SECTION 48 PLANNING ACT 2008

REGULATION 4 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING (APPLICATIONS: PRESCRIBED FORMS AND PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 2009

LOWER THAMES CROSSING NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER

Notice is hereby given that HIGHWAYS ENGLAND COMPANY LIMITED of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ (“Highways England”) proposes to make an application (“the Application”) under section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Development Consent Order. The Application is for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing (“the Project”), which is a proposed new motorway connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames. The Project’s main proposals include:

  • Approximately 14.5 miles (23km) of new motorway, with a maximum speed limit of 70mph, connecting to the existing road network from the A2/M2 to the M25
  • Two new tunnels, one southbound and one northbound
  • Improvements to the M25, A2 and A13, where the Lower Thames Crossing connects to the road network
  • New structures and changes to existing ones (including bridges, buildings, tunnel entrances, viaducts, and utilities such as electricity pylons) along the length of the new road
  • A free-flow charging system, where drivers do not need to stop but pay remotely, similar to that at the Dartford Crossing

In addition, any necessary rights and powers will be sought to ensure delivery of the Project, including compulsory acquisition of land and interests / rights in land.

The Project is an Environmental Impact Assessment development (“EIA development”), as defined by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. This means that the proposed works constitute development for which an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required. An Environmental Statement containing information about the likely significant environmental effects of the Project will therefore be submitted as part of the Application. Separately, preliminary environmental information will be included in a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) which forms part of the consultation materials.

Consultation on the Project proposals will take place from 10 October 2018 to 20 December 2018. Copies of the consultation materials (including documents, plans and maps showing the nature and location of the proposed development and the PEIR) will be available for inspection free of charge during the consultation period at the deposit locations and times listed in this notice.

Copies of the consultation materials also will be available online free of charge during consultation at www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/haveyoursay . The documents that comprise the consultation materials are listed separately in this notice.

A printed copy of the consultation documents, including the PEIR, can be purchased on request by emailing Highways England at info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk  phoning 0300 123 5000, or by writing to Lower Thames Crossing, Woodlands, Manton Industrial Estate, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7LW. Due to the size of the paper documents, a charge of £175 (plus VAT and P&P) will be made for each set of consultation documents.

Any person may comment on the proposals or otherwise respond to this publicity. Responses must be received between 10 October 2018 and 20 December 2018. Responses to the consultation can be made either electronically or by filling in a paper response form. Paper response forms can be printed out from www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk/haveyoursay; picked up free of charge from public information events (see accompanying list), information points and deposit locations; or by phoning 0300 123 5000. Responses can be submitted by:

Responses must be received no later than 11.59pm on 20 December 2018.

Highways England will consider and have regard to all responses when developing the Application for a Development Consent Order, once consultation has closed. Responses will form the basis of a Consultation Report that will be one of the factors taken into consideration by the Secretary of State when deciding whether the Application can be accepted for examination. Therefore, in providing any comment, it should be borne in mind that the substance of it may be communicated to others as part of the Consultation Report.

If you would like further information about this notice, the consultation or the Project, please contact the project team by emailing Highways England at info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk,  phoning 0300 123 5000, or by writing to Lower Thames Crossing, Woodlands, Manton Industrial Estate, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7LW.

Highways England’s policy on managing personal data can be found at https://highwaysengland.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.

David Manning, Highways England,   4 October 2018

 

Public Information Events in Kent

Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, DA9 9ST

Saturday 20 October, 9am – 9pm

Sunday 21 October, 11am – 5pm

Cascades Leisure Centre, Thong Lane, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4LG

Thursday 1 November, 2pm – 9pm

Chalk Parish Hall, Pirrip Close, Gravesend, DA12 2ND

Monday 22 October, 2pm – 9pm

Dover Town Hall, Biggin Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL

Tuesday 4 December, 2pm – 9pm

Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, DA1 2JZ

Tuesday 23 October, 2pm – 9pm

Doubletree Dartford Bridge, Masthead Close, Crossways Business Park, Dartford, DA2 6QF

Monday 3 December, 2pm – 9pm

Gravesham Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU

Wednesday 21 November, 2pm – 9pm

Rochester Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, ME1 1LS

Wednesday 5 December, 2pm – 9pm

Shorne Village Hall, 16 The Street, Shorne, DA12 3EA

Saturday 3 November, midday – 6pm

 

Public Information Events in Essex

Holiday Inn Basildon, Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3DG

Monday 19 November, 2pm – 9pm

Brandon Groves Community Club, Brandon Groves Avenue, South Ockendon, RM15 6TD

Friday 16 November, 2pm – 9pm

Chadwell Village Hall, Waterson Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4NX

Friday 7 December, 2pm – 9pm

Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU

Tuesday 6 November 2pm – 9pm

Havering College of Further and Higher Education, 42 Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, RM11 2LL

Monday 26 November, 2pm – 9pm

Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD

Friday 30 November, 2pm – 9pm

Holiday Inn Brentwood M25 J28, Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF

Wednesday 28 November, 2pm – 9pm

Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP

Saturday 27 October, 9am – 9pm

Sunday 28 October, 11am – 5pm

Linford Methodist Church, East Tilbury Road, Linford, SS17 0QQ

Wednesday 14 November, 2pm – 9pm

Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

Tuesday 16 October, 2pm – 9pm

St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3QH

Thursday 22 November, 2pm – 9pm

The New Windmill Hotel, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QH

Saturday 17 November midday – 6pm

Tilbury Community Association, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AA

Tuesday 30 October, 2pm – 9pm

West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, CM13 3TP

Wednesday 24 October, 2pm – 9pm

 

Deposit locations

Brentwood Library, New Road, Brentwood, CM14 4BP

Monday 9am – 6pm

Tuesday 9am – 6pm

Wednesday 9am – 1pm

Thursday 9am – 6pm

Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Grays Library, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

Monday 9am – 7pm

Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Thursday 9am – 7pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 9am – 1pm

Romford Central Library, St Edwards Way, Romford, RM1 3AR

Monday 10am – 8pm

Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Thursday 10am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm

Tilbury Hub, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AD

Monday 10am – 5pm

Wednesday 10am – 5pm

Friday 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10am – 1pm

Dartford Library, Central Park, Market Street, Dartford, DA1 1EU

Monday – Wednesday 8.30am – 6pm

Thursday 8.30am – 8pm

Friday 8.30am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Gravesend Library, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1BE

Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Maidstone Library, Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm

Thursday 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Rochester Library, Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, Rochester, ME1 1EW

Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 4pm