Highways England has now submitted an Environmental Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate. The report is subject to a consultation process led and managed by the Planning Inspectorate as part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) process.
A DCO is a decision-making process for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and is how planning permission will be sought to build and operate the Lower Thames Crossing. The DCO process ensures decision-making is fair for communities and developers. We are aiming to submit a DCO application in 2019.
The Environmental Scoping Report is a vital component of the pre-application phase of the DCO process and sets out the scope for the Environmental Impact Assessment. The Environmental Impact Assessment is the process of examining the anticipated environmental effects of a proposed project. This ensures that when the planning authority is making a planning decision on a project that is likely to have a significant effect on the environment it does so in the full knowledge of the effects, and considers this in the decision-making process.
The scoping report includes our approach and survey methodology on a range of topics including air quality; noise and vibration; cultural heritage; ecology and nature conservation; geology and soils; people and communities; and water environment and landscape. It also outlines our current proposed methodology for construction, tunnel design and flood risk management.
For more details go to the Highways England website.by