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Registration opens for comments on Manston airport DCO

Words: Huw Morris
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The public can now register with the Planning Inspectorate to comment on an application for a development consent order (DCO) to reintroduce aviation on the site of Manston airport in Kent.

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) resubmitted its application in July, having withdrawn an earlier submission after the Planning Inspectorate requested further information on funding, a transport assessment, environmental statements and the categorisation of the project as one of national significance.

The inspectorate accepted the new application for pre-examination last month.

RSP’s plans include 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.

The DCO application seeks development consent and compulsory acquisition powers of the land.

The site is owned by Stone Hill Park, which has submitted its own application to Thanet Council for a mixed-use development providing homes, businesses and leisure. This includes a heritage airport with an operational runway, public parks, a sports village with facilities including Kent’s first Olympic-sized swimming pool and a surf lake, schools, a food store, cafés/restaurants, a 120-bed hotel, and a health centre.

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