Following excellent turn-out by SMA and eloquent debate by pro-Manston councillors, the following recommendations were passed:
- The commissioned viability report will be shared with the airports owners.
- Cabinet will instruct officers to proceed to Stage 2 of the viability assessment to develop a high level Business Plan – which would be necessary to support the Local Plan process and any potential future procurement for an appropriate investor/partner.
- Cabinet will also instruct officers to undertake a market testing exercise to establish the level of interest, in line with the conclusions in the independent report – before starting a full procurement process.
Council leader Iris Johnston also stated a PIN (public information notice), the first step in the CPO process, will be issued next week. More information about the meeting and CPO process can be found here.