Manston plans withdrawn ‘temporarily’, new ones due soon

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Manston Airport before it was closed in 2014

The company behind the plan to reopen Manston Airport has withdrawn its Development Consent Order application that had been submitted with the Planning Inspectorate.

RiverOak Strategic Partners submitted 63 documents totalling almost 11,000 pages of proposals and plans to reopen Manston Airport as a freight hub with complimentary passenger and general aviation services to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol on 10 April.

In a letter from law firm Bircham Dyson Bell, it says RiverOak is withdrawing the application and is engaging with the Planning Inspectorate “with a view to resubmission as soon as possible”.

In a statement on its website, RiverOak says: “RiverOak Strategic Partners has temporarily withdrawn its DCO application in respect of Manston Airport. This is not uncommon with DCOs and RSP is in dialogue with the Planning Inspectorate in order that the application can be resubmitted as soon as possible.”

Manston Airport, located adjacent to the village of Manston in the Thanet District of Kent has on 15 May 2014, with the loss of 144 jobs, and since then there has been a campaign to reopen it as an airport.

The site was sold with proposals to redevelop the site with up to 4,000 houses, a business park and other amenities, as well an airport heritage site, in a project known as Stone Hill Park.