RiverOak has decided to use the Development Consent Order (DCO) process established by the Planning Act 2008, as amended by the Localism Act of 2011 and the Infrastructure Acts of 2013 and 2015, to secure a Development Consent Order in respect of Manston Airport. RiverOak has appointed Bircham Dyson Bell to act as its solicitors in this process.
It is the view of RiverOak and its advisors that the reinstatement and development of Manston is a project of national significance as envisaged in the legislation and guidelines. It is therefore RiverOak’s intention to apply for a comprehensive DCO encompassing the compulsory purchase of the airport and the planning permissions required for the reinstatement of Manston as a specialised aviation agglomeration centre offering the following facilities and services:
- a major international centre for air freight
- a reliever for the major airports of London
- an extensive aircraft recycling and engineering facility
- a base for at least one passenger carrier
- a flight training school
- a fixed base operation for executive travel.
Eighteen months have elapsed since Manston was closed. During that time the airport has been stripped of its equipment and left derelict. At the same time demand for the facilities and services to be offered by a reinstated airport has increased significantly. RiverOak therefore takes the view that time is now of the essence and has today taken steps to notify the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government of its intention to submit an application for a DCO at the earliest possible date.