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 :

DCO Stage 2 – Acceptance

RiverOak have re-submitted the DCO and it is now back at  DCO Stage 2 – Acceptance

Presumably PINS will this time not need the full 28 days to evaluate it for

the next  DCO Stage 3 – Pre-examination

In this 3rd stage is when PINS invite responses to RiverOak’s proposal from members of the public.

It is vital that all SMAa members are already preparing their submissions to PINS, please say why Manston is important to YOU.

Here is how to go about it, please download this pdf document and use it to guide your submission to PINS – we will update it with the correct contact links as soon as PINS tell us :

Preparing for Phase 3.pdf

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 :