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The plan approval procedure

To obtain approval for the construction of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, a plan approval procedure has to be carried out in Germany.

This is a special administrative procedure characterised by the extensive involvement of citizens and associations whose interests are affected by the project and authorities whose areas of responsibility the project falls into. 

Femern A/S drew up the plan approval documents in collaboration with the Lübeck branch of the State Agency for Road Construction and Transportation of Schleswig-Holstein (LBV-SH) – the project proponent for the road section of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link located on German territory. On 18 October 2013, Femern A/S applied to the Kiel headquarters of the State Agency for Road Construction and Transportation of Schleswig-Holstein (LBV-SH), the responsible plan approval authority, for a plan approval procedure to be carried out.

The public, the authorities and associations were able to submit objections and opinions during the first consultation phase in summer 2014. The first consultation phase concluded with hearings that were conducted by the hearing authority from July to November 2015. These served for discussion of duly raised objections and opinions with the stakeholders. 

On 13 June 2016, Femern A/S together with the Lübeck branch of the State Agency for Road Construction and Transportation of Schleswig-Holstein submitted a revised version of the plan approval documents and thus requested the plan amendment from the competent plan approval authority. 

The hearing authority has again conducted a participation process concerning the requested plan amendment, for which objections and opinions have also been submitted. As usual in the hearing procedure, the hearing authority has sent all the objections to the project proponents and asked for an opinion ("responses"). These responses from the project proponents to the objections raised have now been submitted to the hearing authority. The hearing authority will use both the objections and the responses in preparation for the upcoming discussion session. 

In the discussion session the objections and opinions concerning the planned project will be discussed jointly by the objectors, the authorities and the project proponents under the direction of the hearing authority. In addition, the project proponents will explain their plans and answer open questions. If possible, a balance will be achieved between the interests of the objectors and public agencies on the one hand, and the interests of the project proponents on the other hand. 

The ongoing hearing procedure will be conducted solely by the hearing authority, hence it sets dates for the discussion and makes them publicly known. In addition, the text of the announcement will be published on the online portal of the plan approval procedure in Schleswig-Holstein. The online portal can be reached via the following link: https://www.planfeststellung.bob-sh.de/verfahren/07e48f40-b5c4-4a25-b5ec-800e585c8c3f/index

Here you will also find further documents relating to the ongoing plan approval procedure for the construction of the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, e.g. responses of the project proponents to objections frequently raised in the plan amendment procedure.

You can find the full plan approval documents on this website. This is a voluntary service by Femern A/S in the interests of public information.

You can find the full plan approval documents on this website. This is a voluntary service by Femern A/S in the interests of public information.

The updated plan approval documents as at 13.06.2016

Go to the database of plan approval documents – as at 13.06.2016.

Overview of amendments to the plan approval documents

Go to an overview showing changes between the plan approval documents as at 01.10.2013 and as at 13.06.2016 (in German).

The plan approval documents as at 01.10.2013

Go to the database of plan approval documents – as at 01.10.2013.

The hearing procedure

Responses of the project proponents to issues often raised by private persons objecting.