DCO application approved for examination

The DCO (development consent order) application submitted by RiverOak Strategic Partners has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate, on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Onwards and upwards

Today we heard the exciting and welcome news that the proposal to reopen and develop Manston Airport in Kent has now been accepted for examination by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The UK company behind the bid, RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP), have spent four years and over £7million (by March 2018) in preparing their plans, which have the potential to bring a vast array of high-quality career jobs for local people and others in East Kent as well as hundreds of millions of pounds in new investment to East Kent.

By accepting the application for examination PINS have agreed that the project is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) AND that RSP have demonstrated that they have sufficient funds available for the eventual Compulsory Purchase of the site.

The planning application process, known as a Development Consent Order (DCO), now enters its third phase, the ‘Pre-examination period’.  A great deal of research, including environmental assessments and extensive public consultation has resulted in a comprehensive DCO application with over 11,000 pages of detailed documentation.  During the next stage of the process interested parties can for the first time submit views and representations directly for consideration by PINS, as opposed to RSP.  There is no fixed timetable for this, it’s up to the developer, but is subject to a minimum of 28 days.  On average this pre-examination phase lasts about 3 months.

Save Manston Airport association are delighted to see RSP’s application moving forward.  There is still further to go in the DCO process but the remaining stages have a legally defined maximum duration – once the application moves on to Phase 4 (Examination) there is a maximum of 12 months for the Secretary of State to make a decision on whether to approve the DCO to reopen Manston Airport.  We look forward to an announcement in 2019 and once we have the necessary information we will be publishing guidance on how to register with PINS in order to have your say.

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What YOU can do to help!

In not much more than a fortnight, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will be announcing whether or not to accept RiverOak Strategic Partners’ (RSP) DCO application for examination.

If they accept the application – and we are optimistic that they will – we enter a phase of the process known as Pre-Examination, where our supporters can relaly make their views known to PINS, and show their support for the DCO application by registering as an Interested Party and submitting Representations.

  • Once the Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application for Examination, it is RSP’s duty to advertise the Relevant Representation period and provide details about how to register to become an Interested Party.
  • The Relevant Representation period is the time you have to register to become an Interested Party.  The registration period must be at least 28 days and the publicity notice will tell you when the deadline is.
  • Representations submitted during this phased will be used by the appointed Examining Inspector(s) to carry out an initial assessment of the principal issues, so keep your representations concise.  Remember that the Examining Authority may only have a short period of time to read all the Relevant Representations before the Preliminary Meeting.  As such, you should make sure your main points are clearly set out.  PINS recommend the use of bullet points and headings to highlight your main points.
  • A Relevant Representation should relate to the application.  It must include a summary of points which you agree and/or disagree with about the application, highlighting what you consider to be the main issues and impacts.  Focus on the positives of the airport, not the negatives of the proposed “garden village”.  SHP’s plans are not being examined here, and are therefore irrelevant.
  • You will have a further opportunity to expand on your Relevant Representation during Phase 4, the Examination phase.  This can be a written submission – you do not need to appear in person.

There is nothing to stop supporters preparing their own representations, ready to submit when they register.

In fact it would be helpful if representations were prepared beforehand using a word processing programme such as Word or OpenOffice Writer.  If you register online the PINS form includes a section at the end for your representation so it will be much easier if you prepare it beforehand and copy-and-paste it on to the PINS form.

Take your time and do your research – there will be a defined deadline and you will have at least 28 days to put your representation together.  Why do YOU want Manston back?  Why is it special to you?

You can find out about the registration period from any of the following:
•    An applicant’s newspapers advert;
•    An applicant’s site notice;
•    Information on the relevant project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website: http://bit.ly/2r2zkmq
•    Via Twitter or email alert if you have signed up for this service on the relevant project page of the National Infrastructure Planning website. If you wish to sign up here then follow this link: http://bit.ly/2Hviy9Z

Of course, RSP will undoubtedly publicise details on their social media outlets, as well as their website.

Website    http://rsp.co.uk/
Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/RSPManston/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RSPManston

We also strongly advise that supporters take the time to read PINS Advice Note 8.2, which contains much valuable information on this phase of the process. It can be found at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Advice-note-8-2v3.pdf

Supporters may also find this short 6-minute video, produced by PINS, to be useful in helping them understand the whole process: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/participating-in-the-process/

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DCO Application Submitted!

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RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd (RSP) have today submitted their application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Manston Airport to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

There are now 28 days for PINS to decide whether or not to accept the application for examination – this is known as the acceptance period.

Save Manston Airport association are pleased that RSP’s application has moved to the second phase of the process.  We don’t anticipate any further information until PINS announce their decision, which we hope will be to accept the application for examination.  Consequently, we do not expect to be making any further statements until the decision is announced.

There is still a long way to go in the process, but most stages from hereon have a legally-defined maximum duration.  We know that once the application has cleared this hurdle, a decision on whether or not to grant a DCO is expected in 2019.

In the Press

The Isle of Thanet News – “Development Consent Order for Manston airport site sent to Planning Inspectorate”

Kent Online – “Manston airport: RiverOak submits planning application to reopen runway”

Planning Resource – “Rival plan submitted to reopen Kent airfield and block 2,500-home scheme” (registration required)

The Planner – “DCO application submitted for Manston Airport” (registration required)

CAPA Centre for Aviation – “RiverOak submits development consent order application to reopen Manston Airport as freight hub” (registration required)

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RSP confirm Herne Bay consultation scale

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Following a request from Canterbury City Council, RiverOak Strategic Partners has set out the full extent of the publicity outreach campaign in Herne Bay surrounding the January 2018 public consultation exercise.

Consultation postcards were delivered by hand to over 50,000 properties, including all those in Herne Bay, Ramsgate and surrounding areas, between 6 and 13 January 2018 (Herne Bay deliveries being between 6 and 8 January), in line with commitments made in the Statement of Community Consultation.

In addition, details about the consultation events were publicised widely on Facebook and Twitter as well as emailed to more than 2,000 people who have registered for updates from RiverOak Strategic Partners.  Press releases were published on the RSP website and sent to local media, with articles appearing both in print and online.  Adverts also appeared in local newspapers publicising both the Herne Bay and Ramsgate events, as is required by the DCO process.

More than 300 people attended the subsequent Herne Bay consultation event, on 24 January 2018, and an analysis, which has been provided to Canterbury Council, shows a spread of attendees from neighbourhoods across Herne Bay and surrounding areas, suggesting the consultation was widely known about and that the postcards and other publicity methods used were successful in communicating the details of the consultation events.  Over 500 people attended the Ramsgate consultation event the previous day and, in total, over 1,300 responses were received to the consultation.

Added to the 2,100 responses received to the 2017 statutory consultation and 800 to the 2016 non-statutory consultation means that 4,200 consultation responses have been considered and analysed in developing the DCO application.

From: http://rsp.co.uk/news/riveroak-strategic-partners-confirms-breadth-of-herne-bay-consultation/

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2018 AGM tickets now available!

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We are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Save Manston Airport association are now available!

Date:  Sunday 29th April 2018
Time: Doors open 13:00

Location: Manston Sports & Social Club
(Daigor Lane)
High Street
Manston
Kent CT12 5BG

For sat-nav, please use CT12 5BY.  Just past the Jolly Farmer, up the lane.

Tickets

This year, we are enforcing strict ticketing rules.  This is to help avoid delays when checking in.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you will understand our position.

  1. All tickets must be booked via the SMAa website.  There is no opportunity to book or reserve places at the AGM via the Facebook group or via email/Messenger.
  2. You must be a registered user of the SMAa website in order to book tickets.
  3. Registered users can book a single ticket.
  4. Every attendee is required to bring a form of identification, preferably photographic.  This can include (but is not limited to): photocard driving licence, current signed passport, bus pass, firearms or shotgun certificate, valid CSCS card, EEA member state ID card, full old-style driving licence or benefits book.
Voting Rights

As with previous years, voting rights will only be extended to those members who have attained registration on the SMAa website for the 28 days prior to the date of the AGM.  There will be no opportunity for proxy voting at this AGM.

Donations

We appreciate any donation you can make in order to help cover the costs of hosting this event.  You can make a donation using the box on the right-hand side of any page, or via our shop.

How to book

You can book your tickets here.

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Register to Vote!

For this year’s Annual General Meeting, we are enforcing strict ticketing rules.  As SMAa has over 3,500 members, this should help to avoid delays when checking in.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you will understand our position.

  1. All tickets must be booked via the SMAa website.  There is no opportunity to book or reserve places at the AGM via the Facebook group or via email/Messenger.
  2. You must be a registered user of the SMAa website in order to book tickets.
  3. Registered users can book a single ticket.
  4. Every attendee is required to bring a form of identification, preferably photographic.  This can include (but is not limited to): photocard driving licence, current signed passport, bus pass, firearms or shotgun certificate, valid CSCS card, EEA member state ID card, full old-style driving licence or benefits book.

Voting Rights

As with previous years, voting rights will only be extended to those members who have attained registration on the SMAa website for the 28 days prior to the date of the AGM.

If members wish to vote, they must register on the SMAa website at least 28 days prior to the date of the AGM and book their own ticket.

There will be no opportunity for proxy voting at this AGM.

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Nearly 900 attend latest RSP consultations

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Despite some appalling weather, 870 people attended the two most recent RiverOak consultation events, in Ramsgate and Herne Bay, to review its refined plans for Manston Airport and speak with some of the firm’s environmental and planning experts, as well as the RiverOak team, about a wide range of issues – including a proposed Noise Mitigation plan, fully developed Preliminary Environmental Information Report and amended masterplan for the airport.

Director of RiverOak Strategic Partners, George Yerrall said: “It’s been a fantastic couple of days – both because we have met with some of the airport’s many supporters and been able to show them in more detail our proposals, but also we’ve been able to address some of the questions local people have about our proposals.”

“The consultation remains open until 16 February 2018 so there is still plenty of time for members of the community and local organisations to submit feedback.  Copies of all consultation documents are available online, there are copies of the documents and feedback forms in eleven local libraries (four of which hold complete copies of the 2,000-page Preliminary Environmental Information Report – Margate, Deal, Herne Bay and Ramsgate) and a feedback form online too – all at www.rsp.co.uk.”

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Local Plan Rejected

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Councillors at Thanet District Council have voted against the proposed Local Plan which suggested building at least 2,500 houses on Manston Airport.

Despite a ‘Project Fear’ operated by leader Chris Wells and CEO Madeline Homer, 35 councillors (including 12 UKIP councillors) rejected the plan.  Twenty voted in favour.

The scaremongering threatened the involvement of Sajid Javid MP if the plan was not voted through, which would see “an extra 3,000 homes” needed if MHCLG got involved in Thanet’s local plan.

After the vote, Chris Wells said, “This was the most stupid decision councillors can make if they really want an airport”.  That’s coming from the man who was elected solely on the promise to re-open Manston Airport.

A report commissioned by RiverOak Strategic Partners shows that TDC can meet its housing quote without building on Manston Airport.

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RiverOak announce 2018 consultation events

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RiverOak has published details of a further public consultation, on proposals to reopen Manston Airport, in a Statement of Community Consultation.  The consultation will be held from Friday 12 January to Friday 16 February 2018 and will include two events, as follows:

  • The Comfort Inn, Ramsgate – Tuesday 23 January (12pm-8pm)
  • The King’s Hall, Herne Bay – Wednesday 24 January (12pm-8pm)

These events are open to any member of the public that would like to attend and further details of the locations, local public transport services and other information can be found in the Statement of Community Consultation which can be downloaded from www.rsp.co.uk.

Copies of consultation documents will be available from 12 January at www.rsp.co.uk and at the following public libraries during their normal opening hours: Birchington, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Deal, Herne Bay, Margate, Minster-in-Thanet, Newington, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Westgate. As the full Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is a very large document, it will only be available in hard copy at Deal, Ramsgate and Margate libraries, although it will be available in electronic form at all libraries.  A non-technical summary will be available at all libraries, at the two consultation events, and on the RSP website.

You can view the Statement of Statutory Consultation here.

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