The Secretary of State has granted development consent for the application to reopen and develop Manston Airport into a dedicated air freight facility.
All the documents relating to the granting of the Development Consent Order for Manston Airport are now available on the Planning Inspectorate website – https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/manston-airport/
The Report by the panel of inspectors, led by Kelvin MacDonald, who examined the DCO over six months, recommended that it should be refused. https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-005347-TR020002%20Final%20Recommendation%20Report%20to%20DfT.pdf
However, the Minister of State for Transport, Andrew Stephenson, on behalf of Secretary of State Grant Shapps, overturned this recommendation and has granted the DCO. https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-005348-Manston%20Airport%20DCO%20Decision%20Letter%20Dated%209%20July%202020%20FINAL.pdf
There will now be a six week period in which a claim for judicial review can be made to the High Court.