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Article from BTNews 27 AUGUST 2018

New hope for Manston Airport

A Development Consent Order (DCO) application submitted by the company hoping to bring aviation back to the Manston airport site in Kent has been accepted for the pre-examination stage by the Planning Inspectorate.

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) resubmitted its application for the DCO to the government planning inspectorate (PINS) after withdrawing a previous submission. It seeks development consent and compulsory acquisition powers over the land.

Campaigners say the move marks “one huge step” closer to Manston being reopened as a major UK cargo hub, relieving capacity problems at the major London airports and enabling those airports to sell more passenger flights.

The first application was withdrawn after PINS requested further information about parts of the application relating to funding, the categorisation of the project as being of national significance, and to aspects of the supporting environmental statements.

An examining authority will now be appointed to look into the new application and the appointment notified to all interested parties and other statutory bodies for representations to be made.

RSP’s plan for Manston includes an international cargo hub, as well as some passenger flights. The site is owned by Stone Hill Park (SHP) which has applied to Thanet council for homes, business and leisure areas to be developed.

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