DCO Stages

What is a DCO ?
Why Manston Airport ?

  • DCO –  Development Consent Order – the process by which RiverOak must submit their plans to the National Infrastructure Planners – and then the Secretary of State – to turn Manston Airport into a Nationally Significant project.
  • For developments that exceed a particular size, it is necessary to apply for Government permission (Consent), via the DCO route.
  • Manston Airport requires a DCO, as if it were to remain as small as it was previously, with no further  investment, it would almost certainly fail again.
  • The RiverOak investment in new infrastructure for Manston Airport is no longer predicted to be £300m, it will be £479 million ! And RiverOak are particularly targeting it at local firms and Kent and Thanet people.

Current DCO Stage :

PINS have now accepted the re-submitted the DCO for Examination, so :

DCO is now at  DCO Stage 3 – Pre-examination

i.e. PINS accept Manston is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, and that RiverOak have the necessary money to pay for it.

In this 3rd stage is when you can register to give your responses to PINS.

It is vital that all SMAa members now REGISTER to give their views :


(This link is tested correct,  PINS Registration went active on Monday 3rd September,

You have until 8th October to register.)

We hope you have already been preparing your submissions to PINS,

Please start now if not – please say why Manston is important to YOU.

When you Register, you will be asked for a short list of bullet points as to why you support Manston Airport. At this stage a maximum of 500 words, so not long,  you will have more room in stage 4.

Here is how to go about it, please download this pdf document and use it to guide your submission to PINS – it now has the correct contact links confirmed by PINS :

Phase three.pdf


The next and fourth stage – Examination, DCO Stage 4, is when PINS invite responses to RiverOak’s proposal from members of the public. You must have registered in Stage 3 to be able to give your views in Stage 4.

A DCO has 6 stages

Diagram by PINS – please click on it to enlarge.

You may also find this short 6-minute video, produced by PINS, to be useful in helping understand the whole process.


Easy links to this page for sharing :

Signup for emails at key stages in the DCO process :