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Lower Thames Crossing, Notice Publicising A Proposed Application For A Development Consent Order Non-Statutory Local Refinement Consultation

Notice ID: MFN0659058

Notice effective from
18th May 2022 to 17th June 2022

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NATIONAL HIGHWAYS LOWER THAMES CROSSING NOTICE PUBLICISING A PROPOSED APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT CONSENT ORDER NON-STATUTORY LOCAL REFINEMENT CONSULTATION


NATIONAL HIGHWAYS LIMITED of Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ ("National Highways") proposes to make an application ("the Application") under section 37 of the Planning Act 2008 to the Secretary of State for a Development Consent Order for the Lower Thames Crossing ("the Project").
National Highways carried out a non-statutory route consultation in relation to the proposed Application from 26 January to 24 March 2016, a statutory consultation from 10 October to 20 December 2018, a non-statutory supplementary consultation from 29 January to 2 April 2020, a non-statutory design refinement consultation from 14 July to 12 August 2020 and a non-statutory community impacts consultation from 14 July to 8 September 2021. Information about the Project presented during the 2016 non-statutory route consultation, the 2018 statutory consultation, the non-statutory supplementary and design refinement consultations in 2020 and the non-statutory community impacts consultation in 2021 can be found at:

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/lower-thames-crossing-consultation/

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation-2020

https://lowerthamescrossing.consultationonline.co.uk/

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/community-impacts-consultation-2021/

National Highways is now carrying out a further non-statutory consultation in relation to the Project from 12 May to 20 June 2022. This consultation will seek feedback on:

- changes to the design of Tilbury Fields (a new public park on the north bank of the Thames) to make space for the planned Thames Freeport

- more public open space to the east of the tunnel entrance in Kent, connected to Chalk Park - the proposed new public park overlooking the Thames

- replacing an existing slip road with a new link from the Orsett Cock roundabout to the A1089 to reduce traffic impacts on some local roads

- a new footbridge over the A127 and further improvements for walkers, cyclists and horse riders including better bridleway connections around the A2 junction and the A226

- further improvements to our landscaping proposals

- further refinement of utility works to enable the project to be built

- refinements to the Order Limits, the land needed to build and operate the new road, as a result of proposed changes

- additional environmental compensation and mitigation The Lower Thames Crossing is a proposed new road connecting Kent, Thurrock and Essex through a tunnel beneath the River Thames. It would provide much-needed new road capacity across the river east of London and deliver the other project objectives set out in the guide to local refinement consultation.

On the south side of the River Thames, the new road would link to the A2 and M2 in Kent. On the north side, it would link to the A13 in Thurrock and the M25 in Havering. The tunnel crossing is located to the east of Gravesend on the south of the River Thames and to the west of East Tilbury on the north side. The Lower Thames Crossing proposals include:

- approximately 14.3 miles (23km) of new roads connecting the tunnel to the existing road network

- three lanes in both directions, apart from the southbound connection between the M25 and A13, where it would be two lanes, and around junctions

- technology providing lane control and variable speed limits up to 70mph

- upgrades to the M25, A2 and A13 where it connects to those roads

- new structures and changes to existing ones including bridges, viaducts and utilities such as electricity pylons

- two 2.6-mile (4.3km) tunnels crossing beneath the river, one for southbound traffic, one for northbound traffic

- a free-flow charging system, where drivers do not need to stop but pay remotely, similar to that at the Dartford Crossing

- traffic regulation measures that include prohibiting use by pedestrians, low-powered motorcycles, cyclists, horse riders and agricultural vehicles

- provision of environmental mitigation and replacement of open space and common land

- diversions to overhead powerlines and underground gas pipelines, some of which constitute Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in their own right

In addition, any necessary rights and powers will be sought to ensure delivery of the Project, including compulsory acquisition of land and interests/rights in land, as well as any restrictions to be imposed over the River Thames following the construction of the Project. The Project is an Environmental Impact Assessment development ("EIA development"), as defined by the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. This means that the proposed works constitute development for which an Environmental Impact Assessment will be required. An Environmental Statement containing information about the likely significant environmental effects of the Project will therefore be submitted as part of the Application. During the 2018 statutory consultation, environmental information was included in a Preliminary Environmental Information Report, which is available online at https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation , along with the rest of the statutory consultation materials.
An Environmental Impacts Update (EIU) was also published in January 2020 as part of the suite of supplementary consultation documents and is available at https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/consultation-2020.
A further EIU was produced to support the design refinement consultation in summer 2020, explaining any new or changed environmental effects associated with the design refinements. This is available at https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/ltc/design-consultation . All consultation materials will be available on our consultation website, details of which are set out at the end of this notice. We will also provide the following documents at deposit locations, close to the proposed Project route:

- Guide to local refinement consultation

- Map Book 1 - General Arrangements

- Map Book 2 - Land Use Plans

- Map Book 3 (Extracts) - Engineering Plans

- Large scale plans

- Local refinement consultation leaflet

- Response form and Freepost envelope

- Easy Read version of the guide to local refinement consultation

To keep stakeholders and members of the local community fully informed on the proposals, we will also host a series of information events at key locations along the route. Information on these events is available on our website. Alternatively, call 0300 123 5000 for further details.
All the materials for this consultation will be available on the consultation website from 12 May 2022. For those with limited or no access to the internet, a printed copy of the guide to local refinement consultation, response form, Freepost return envelope and set of plans is available to the public to order free of charge (one pack per household). Instructions on how to order printed copies are set out at the end of this notice.
The website will also host videos explaining the proposed changes. There will also be a telephone surgery available, so that members of the public can book a call back from a member of the project team who will answer questions on the proposals. Details on how to access these services are listed at the end of this notice.
Anyone may comment on the proposals or otherwise respond to this consultation.
From 12 May 2022, responses can be submitted via one of the following methods:

-
 Online: Fill in the response form at https://ltcconsultation2022.nationalhighways.co.uk/

Freepost: Send your response form or comments to: FREEPOST LTC CONSULTATION (the Freepost address is the only text needed on the envelope, and no stamp is required)

Email: Send your comments to LTC.CONSULTATION@TRAVERSE.LTD

- Telephone: We are offering support to help you provide feedback over the phone. Please call us on 0300 123 5000 to book an appointment.

We cannot guarantee that responses sent to us in any other way will be considered.
Responses will be accepted until 11.59pm on 20 June 2022.
National Highways will consider all responses received when developing the Application for a Development Consent Order once the consultation has closed. Responses will form the basis of a Consultation Report, which will be one of the factors taken into consideration by the Planning Inspectorate when deciding whether the Application can be accepted for examination. Therefore, anyone providing comments should consider this. If you would like further information about this notice, the consultation or the Project, please contact National Highways by emailing info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk, phoning 0300 123 5000, or writing to Lower Thames Crossing, Woodlands, Manton Industrial Estate, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7LW.
National Highways' policy on managing personal data can be found at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/about-us/ privacy-notice/.
Yours sincerely
Matt Palmer, Executive Director Lower Thames Crossing

Consultation website
The consultation website will be available to access anytime from 12 May 2022 at https://ltcconsultation2022.nationalhighways.co.uk/
Details regarding the consultation services and ways of accessing consultation materials and information can also be found here.
Telephone surgery
A call back from a member of the project team can be booked to discuss any questions or provide comments on the proposal. An appointment can be booked from 12 May 2022 by visiting https://ltcconsultation2022.nationalhighways.co.uk/  or by calling 0300 123 5000.
Consultation materials on demand
For those unable to access the internet or concerned about visiting a consultation event, deposit location or information point, a printed copy of the guide to local refinement consultation, response form, Freepost return envelope and set of plans is available to the public to order free of charge (one pack per household). The consultation materials are available to order via the following channels:

- By contacting National Highways on 0300 123 5000 or emailing info@lowerthamescrossing.co.uk

- By ordering on the consultation website at https://ltcconsultation2022.nationalhighways.co.uk/

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