After a delay for some further consultation Riveroak have now submitted their DCO application for Manston to the Planning Inspectorate. It is a four phase plan across 15 years to create 19 new air cargo stands, update the runway, four new passenger aircraft stands and updated passenger terminal, refurbished fire station and new fire training area, aircraft recycling facility, flight training school, hangars for aircraft related business, highway improvements and the creation of a museum quarter.
The Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether the application meets the required standards to proceed to examination. There has been an awful lot of work so far and the submission included 11,000 pages of proposals over 63 separate documents so hopefully it crosses the first hurdle. If it does, after examination and representations the Inspectorate will make their representation to the Secretary of State on acceptance or otherwise. This will all take several months but the ball would seem to be rolling.