RiverOak DCO Resubmitted

We have received word that RiverOak Strategic Partners’ (RSP) DCO application has been resubmitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Isle of Thanet News reports:

The DCO seeks development consent and compulsory acquisition powers over the land. A DCO is the means of obtaining permission for developments categorised as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). This includes energy, transport, water and waste projects.

RSP’s plan for Manston includes an international cargo hub, as well as offering passenger flights. The land is owned by Stone Hill Park (SHP) which has submitted an application for homes, leisure and business at the site.

The DCO application was originally submitted to the government Planning Inspectorate (PINS) at the beginning of April. It was withdrawn in early May after PINS’ requested further information about parts of the application. These related to funding, to the categorisation of the project as being of national significance, and to aspects of the supporting environmental statements.

This is brilliant news, and we wholeheartedly support this latest legitimate attempt to bring aviation back to Manston Airport.  Thanet needs the long-term, high-quality employment that an operational cargo airport (with some passenger flights) of the likes RSP is proposing in order to prosper, and not the 3,700 plus houses (which will be unaffordable to all except London boroughs) that are proposed by the two Northern “regeneration specialists”.

The full story can be read here.

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