The Thames Tideway Tunnel project is expected to take six years to construct but there is a lot of work to do before we can start building, including some advance works like essential utility diversions.
Our first phase of public consultation (13 September 2010 – 14 January 2011) gave people an opportunity to comment on our initial plans. Feedback from this consultation helped identify some alternative options for the location and use of some sites.
Further technical studies and comments from phase one consultation helped us refine our
preferred scheme. Phase two consultation was held between November 2011 and February 2012 and helped inform our application for development consent (submitted 28 February 2013).
We publicised our proposed planning application for development consent in summer 2012 (July 16 – 5 October), having incorporated the changes we made as a result of our second phase of consultation and a separate, targeted phase of consultation for some sites. There was another opportunity to comment on our draft application at this stage.
On 27 March 2013, the Planning Inspectorate confirmed acceptance of the application for examination. Anyone with views about the project can register with the Inspectorate to take part in the examination of the application. The period of registration will be announced on this website, through adverts in national and local newspapers and in notices at the 24 proposed construction sites.
We will continue with our communication and engagement activities with the stakeholders and communities we have established relationships with during the pre-application phase.