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Manston Airport decision put on hold again

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has delayed a decision on the Development Consent Order (DCO) for redevelopment of Manston Airport in Kent into a cargo hub. 

The already deferred decision (from January) was due on Monday (18 May).

The Planning Inspectorate made its recommendation to the transport secretary in October 2019, in order for a final decision to be made on the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Under the Planning Act 2008, a decision should be made within three months of receiving the examining authority's report unless a statement is made to the House of Commons extending the deadline.

RiverOak Strategic Partners' (RSP) application was for 19 air cargo stands, updating the runway, creating four passenger aircraft stands and an updated passenger terminal, a refurbished fire station and fire training area, aircraft recycling facility, flight training school, hangars for aircraft-related business, highway improvements, and the creation of a museum quarter.

In a written ministerial statement issued yesterday (20 May), transport minister Andrew Stephenson said “the deadline for the decision is now to be extended to 10 July 2020 to enable further work to be carried out before determination of the application”.

“The decision to set a new deadline is without prejudice to the decision on whether to grant development consent,” he added.

The written ministerial statement can be viewed here on the UK Parliament website.

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