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Planning Process

The planning process

Due to its national significance, the West Midlands Interchange will require a specific type of planning permission known as a Development Consent Order or DCO from the Secretary of State for Transport.

There will be an extensive consultation process and once we have finalised our proposals, we will submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate. If they accept it, the Planning Inspectorate will carry out an examination of the DCO in which the public can participate. They then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who makes the final decision.

Stage 1 Consultation

The first stage of consultation ran from 13 June 2016 to 24 July 2016, and focused on our master plan options.

Stage 2 Consultation

The second stage of consultation, which was ‘statutory consultation’, ran from 5 July 2017 to 30 August 2017.

Our timescales

After we have considered all the responses received to Stage 2 Consultation we will finalise our proposals and submit an application for a DCO late this year or early 2018.  From that point, the time it takes to determine is typically up to 18 months.