A group purporting to be against night flights at Manston Airport (which in fact, is entirely anti-airport) is recommending that as well as responding to RSP’s consultation by email, they send a copy to the Planning Inspectorate.
So far, around thirty people have done just that.
This is an irresponsible and reckless suggestion by a group represented by a Labour councillor. It is a complete waste of PINS’ time and taxpayers’ money. There is a statutory duty, under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008, to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application, including the name of the person who requested the advice, and to make this publicly available. This is not an automated process, and takes the time and effort of under-resourced civil servants to achieve.
The law is quite plain, and this has been repeated to each of these respondants:
“The Planning Inspectorate cannot consider representations about the merits of a proposed development at this time.”
There will be a time and a place to make well-reasoned and evidenced representations to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to this application, and it is not now.