Deadline extended for A1 Northumberland – Morpeth to Ellingham DCO decision

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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