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”
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)