An additional £1.4m is to be allocated towards the Development Consent Order application by North Somerset Council. Additional investment has been required because of additional requirements related to the environmental statement being placed on the project including hydraulic modelling and imperative reasons of overriding public interest.
Following the completion of the DCO documents, a number of actions will need to take place:
- Formal authorisation to submit by West of England Joint Committee
- Formal authorisation by North Somerset Council as the DCO applicant to submit and associated authorisations linked to the DCO legislation
- Formal authorisation by Network Rail to issue North Somerset Council with a letter of no objection
- Agreement between Network Rail and North Somerset Council on the commercial terms for the Promotion Agreement and authorisation to enter into it
Source: Council Executive papers