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