RiverOak have announced that the statutory consultation which is the 2nd stage of the pre application process of a DCO will now be delayed.
It was to have been held in the last quarter of 2016 they now say they expect it to be held in the first quarter of 2017.
Here is the link to the news release on their website http://www.riveroakinvestments.co.uk/consultation-feedback-shows-overwhelming-support-manston-airport-dco-proposals/
The initial stages of a DCO are:
1 Informing the planning inspectorate that the developer intends to summit a DCO – this RiverOak have done.
2 Statutory public consultation – this RiverOak haven’t done.
3 Submitting the application – obviously they haven’t done this either.
What they did do was to inform the planning inspectorate they intended to submit an application and then engage in an informal unregulated non-statutory consultation which isn’t a normal part of the application process.
As you see from the press release they also say that the informal unregulated non-statutory consultation was successful.
Nothing new has appered on the planning inspectorate website since last month. see
The latest document to appear there is this one https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-Advice-00024-1-160719_Manston%20Airport%20Project%20Update%20Meeting_Final.pdf
The site owners are still working towards their mixed use (housing and Jobs) development, here is their website http://www.stonehillpark.co.uk/
Looking at the various websites here and the Facebook groups of those for and against building an airfreight hub at Manston it’s fairly difficult to tell what the support for this project is really like locally.
The night flights issue is a good example of the problem, RiverOak seem to be saying that there would be less than 18 night flights a night under their proposals, but don’t seem to be giving either an expected or maximum number.
Anyway the do now seem to be saying that they will start the statutory and regulated consultation by the end of March 2017 and that they will eventually respond to people like me who endeavoured to engage in their informal unregulated non-statutory consultation.
On to the local pictures, once again nothing very unusual but where there is something written on the back I have included it.
The bookshop here in Ramsgate is still steaming away, here is the link to the books we put out today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/breezing-down-to-broadstairs-in-bookshop.html the normal lull after the school holidays doesn’t seem to have happened.
I am coming to the conclusion that this is mostly down to the internet having shot itself in the foot to some extent, from my own point of view, several of the important publications that I used to use online have vanished or become so hard to find that I can’t and have given up and bought them.