The Process

The OxSRFI is at an early stage in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) process.

Before the proposals are finalised and in advance of any application being ready for submission, a second, statutory stage of consultation will be held.  The timing of this is currently unconfirmed, but once known details will be shared on this website.

The SRFI Application Process

There is a defined process and timetable for the later stages of the process which is led by the Planning Inspectorate – advice from the Inspectorate is set out below (and available on their website)

Look out for information in local media and in the public places near the location of the proposed project, such as your library. The developer will be developing their proposals and will consult widely.

Once submitted, the Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State, has 28 days to decide whether the application meets the required standard to proceed to examination including whether the developer’s consultation has been adequate.

You can then register as an interested party; you will be kept informed of progress and opportunities to put your case. Inspectors will hold a Preliminary Meeting and set the timetable for examination.

You will be able to send in your comments to the Planning Inspectorate in writing. You can request to speak at a public hearing. The Inspectorate has 6 months to carry out the examination.

A recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport will be issued by the Inspectorate within 3 months of the end of the Examination. The Secretary of State then has a further 3 months to issue a decision on the proposal.