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DCO application submitted for Manston Airport

Words: Laura Edgar
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RiverOak Strategic Partners has submitted an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.

The application for the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) includes a full Environmental Statement, an Economic Assessment and detailed plans and drawings of all aspects of the proposals.

A full report on the one non-statutory and two statutory consultations undertaken across 2016, 2017 and 2018 have also been sent to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planning Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether or not the application meets the standards required to be accepted for examination. The decision will be made on behalf of the secretary of state.

George Yerrall, director of RiverOak Strategic Partners, said: “This is a hugely important moment for us, but I also recognise that it is a significant moment for many people across Thanet and East Kent too.

“We must now wait for the inspectorate’s decision as to whether we proceed to the examination stage of the DCO process. We have certainly endeavoured to do everything we can to deliver a grounded, detailed and evidence-based application that will meet PINS’ requirements, and I therefore hope and expect that today will mark the start of the next phase of our commitment to reopening Manston Airport and, in doing so, help to deliver the employment and prosperity for East Kent that it so richly deserves.”

The DCO application follows news in March that chief planner Steve Quartermain will visit three local authorities threatened with intervention for not compiling a local plan, including Thanet District Council.

The council cited one of its exceptional circumstances as being the local debate over the future of Manston Airport for why it does yet have a local plan.

In January, members objected to the council’s draft plan as it allocated the Manston Airport site for housing and employment.

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