It’s easy in the blissfully quiet four years we’ve had since the closure of the airport at Manston to forget how noisy the planes were and just how low over our heads they were.
Manston never succeeded as a commercial airport. It could never attract the operators and so we were never subjected to more than two or three flights a day. On average, Manston had approximately 500 cargo flights a year when it was open. RSP’s plans are for 10,000-17,000 a year. This isn’t ‘saving our airport’. This is about trying to establish a 24/7 cargo hub with planes overhead day and night.
Make sure you register as an ‘interested party’ with the national planning inspectorate before 8th October 2018.
Read full info below but quick link here to register directly with PINS.
What does this mean?
A quick update on the Manston Development Consent Order (DCO) process.
- Application: No time limit.
- 17/07/18 RSP re-submits application for the upgrade and re-opening of Manston airport primarily as a cargo airport, plus some passenger servcies, with capacity for 12,000 plus air cargo movements per year, including numberless night flights (limited only be an overall annual noise budget bigger than Luton’s) plus acceptance of aircraft banned from Heathrow and Gatwick at night on noise grounds (QC4 rated aircraft)
- Acceptance: Up to 28 days
- 14/08/18 PINS announces acceptance of the application (just within the statutory deadline). For a summary of relevant reasons for acceptance see PINS checklist from p4 here.
- Pre-examination: 3 months after the applicant (RSP) triggers the process
- 03/09/18 – 08/10/18 (30 days from applicant publishing acceptance of application) interested parties may register directly with PINS. NNF guidance on registering – here.
- Before 03/12/18 (within 3 months of publishing acceptance) an Examining Authority (EA) Inspector(s) appointed to assess issues.
- Shortly after 03/12/18 EA invites interested parties to Preliminary Meeting.
- Three weeks from EA invitation to interested parties (perhaps late December 2018) Preliminary Meeting held to set procedure plus detailed timetable and deadlines for submissions to Examination.
- Examination: Up to 6 months
- To consider written representations and hold hearings (perhaps February to August 2019)
- Report and recommendations: Up to 3 months
- 3 months to issue report and recommendation(s) (perhaps October – November 2019)
- Decision: Up to 3 months
- 3 months for Secretary of State to make a DCO (or to refuse development consent) and issue statement of reeasons (perhaps January – February 2020)
- Post-decision: Up to 6 weeks
- 6 week window for Judicial Review in the High Court.
WE ARE AT THE PRE-EXAMINATION STAGE.
It is at this stage that, before 8th October 2018, all interested parties need to apply to PINS to be registered. Being registered means that you can contribute at the Examination stage of the process. If you do not apply to be registered as an interested party before 8th October, you will have no further opportunity to contribute your views.
PINS say about registering:
In this form, your representation must include an outline of the principal submissions you intend to make in relation to the application. You cannot reserve a right to make a representation later without providing an outline of the points you intend to submit at this stage.
Please note that your representation must not include material:
that is vexatious or frivolous
about compensation for compulsory acquisition of land or of any interest in or right over land
about the merits of policy set out in a designated national policy statement.
The information you include in the representation section of this form will be used by the Examining Authority to carry out their initial assessment of principal issues and to decide the best way to examine the application.
Here you must provide an outline of the main points you intend to make in relation to the application. Failure to provide this will mean that we are unable to register you as an interested party. Please aim to limit this section to no more than 500 words.