Southampton to London Pipeline Project application


Yesterday, Tuesday 11 June 2019, The Planning Inspectorate accepted for examination an application by Esso Petroleum Company Limited for a proposed 90 km replacement pipeline project that would run from Fawley Refinery near Southampton to Esso’s West London Terminal Storage Facility in Hounslow.

The application was submitted on 14 May 2019 and the decision to accept the application was made in accordance with section 55 of the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). The legislation allows 28 days from the day after the date of receipt of an application for the Planning Inspectorate to decide whether or not to accept it.

The decision and a copy of the application documents can be viewed at the Southampton to London Pipeline Project page on the Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning website.

The Planning Act 2008 (as amended) sets high standards for applications and places a strong duty upon developers to involve the local community, local authorities and other stakeholders in the development of their proposal, ahead of submission.

It is now for Esso Petroleum Company Limited to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and invite people who are interested in the proposal to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation.

Interested Parties in an application can:

  • Say what they agree or disagree with in the application and why
  • Comment on what other people have said in their representations
  • Attend the preliminary meeting and say how they think the application should be examined
  • Request that an open floor hearing is held
  • Attend an open floor or issue-specific hearing

Request to speak at a hearing.


Journalists wanting further information should contact the Planning Inspectorate’s Press Office, on: 0303 444 5004 or 0303 444 5005 or

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