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,. RiverOak are working to put in place education, training and apprenticeships to enable local people to participate.
- Re Night Flights : RiverOak Manston Airport Night Flight Proposals :
No arrivals or departures of aircraft between the hours of 11pm and 6am whether they are scheduled, chartered or otherwise. Exceptions : Arrivals that have been unavoidably delayed, and emergency or relief flights.
Current DCO Stage :
PINS have now accepted the RiverOak DCO for Examination, so :
DCO is now at DCO Stage 4 – Examination
i.e. PINS accept Manston is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, and that RiverOak have the necessary money to pay for it. – in fact :
RiverOak now own Manston Airport, they have exchanged contracts with Ann Gloag and Stone hill Park, and are intending to re-open Manston Airport for cargo and passenger flights.
The DCO Examination stage ends on 9th July. The Examiners then have 3 months to decide on their recommendation to the Secretary of State, who has 3 months to decide.
We will know by 9th January 2020 if the DCO is successful.
More details to follow.
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.