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Highways England: Public Consultation Brochure

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

Please find here the Public Consultation Brochure from Highways England, about the A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening.

Public Consultation Brochure
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About the A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening

The proposed A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening scheme is a critical part of investment in the east region, as this key road plays an important role at a strategic, regional and local level. The proposed scheme is categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008.

Applications to build schemes like these are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, rather than the local planning authorities. If the application is successful, the consent granted is called a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Before an application for a DCO is submitted, we must formally consult the local community and other stakeholders on our proposals

for the scheme and the likely significant environmental effects based on the information available at the time.

Within the proposed scheme, there are a range of utilities that will be affected, including the diversion of a number of high pressure gas pipelines that form part of the proposed scheme. To the extent that these diversions satisfy the criteria to be categorised as an NSIP under the Planning Act 2008, they will be considered NSIPs in their own right.

For more information on the DCO process, please visit the Planning Inspectorate website at

In this brochure, we explain the proposals for the proposed scheme. We also provide you with details of how you can give us your feedback during our public consultation. Your responses will help us shape the proposals before we submit our DCO application.


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