Manston Airport DCO Granted

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 –


The Report by the panel of inspectors, led by Kelvin MacDonald, who examined the DCO over six months, recommended that it should be refused.

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Andrew Stephenson MP

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.

There will now be a six week period in which a claim for judicial review can be made to the High Court.