New Civil Engineer - Catherine Moore
The proposed reopening of Manston Airport in Kent has been given the go ahead, despite planners recommending that its development consent order application (DCO) be refused.
Despite this the project has been given the green light, paving the way for the airport to reopen. RiverOak Strategic Partners’ (RSP) planning application is specifically for the upgrade and reopening of the airport primarily as a freight airport, with some passenger services, with a capacity of at least 12,000 air cargo movements per year.
The planning decision marks the conclusion of a lengthy process, with a decision to grant the scheme's DCO originally published in July 2020. In February 2021, this was overturned by the High Court and the application was redetermined.