The Isle of Thanet News - Kathy Bailes

As the legal battle continues over whether a government order granting permission for the development of Manston airport was legally sound, the owners of the former MoD airfield say a reform of planning laws is needed.

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) want to create an airfreight hub at the site but say the process has become “mired in legal challenge after legal challenge.”

How the government decision for the airport scheme was made has been hotly contested in the courts through a Judicial Review and a number of appeals, arguing that it was flawed on grounds including need for the facility not being proven.

It is also a political wrangle with Conservative MPs and councillors, plus Thanet Independents, backing the scheme while Labour and Green members are firmly against.

Full Report