Manston Airport

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Manston Airport was taken on 09 July 2020 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all Interested Parties accompanying the Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (44 items)

Decision made by the Secretary of State
09 July 2020

Statement has been laid in Parliament by the Minister of State for Transport announcing a new deadline of 10 July 2020 for the decision.

20 May 2020

IMPORTANT: As a result of ongoing Government guidance relating to COVID-19 the Planning Inspectorate is seeking to ensure that all Parties are notified of key developments on projects, in a timely manner. In order to help achieve this, and to minimise any delays which could arise if the postal service is affected, it would be extremely helpful if registered Parties that have not already done so could supply us with a contact e-mail address as soon as possible (details in the contact information heading of the project page).

Please be assured that this information will be managed in line with our Privacy Notice.

25 March 2020

The responses to the Secretary of State’s Consultation of 17 January 2020 have now been published.

The Secretary of State for Transport has set a new deadline for the decision for this application which is 18 May 2020.

14 February 2020

The Secretary of State for Transport has set a new deadline for the decision for this application which is 18 May 2020.

The Secretary of State for Transport has asked for comments and further information in relation to a range of matters by 31 January 2020.

17 January 2020
Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
18 October 2019

The Examination closed at 23:59 on Tuesday 09 July 2019.

09 July 2019

The Examining Authority’s Fifth Written Questions have been published.

The Submissions to Deadline 9 and Deadline 10 have now been published.

04 July 2019

The Examining Authority’s Fifth Written Questions have been published.

The Submissions to Deadline 9 have now been published.

The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

04 July 2019

The Examining Authority’s Fourth Written Questions have been published.

24 June 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 8 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

19 June 2019
18 June 2019
11 June 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 7a have now been published. The exam Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

29 May 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 7 have now been published.

20 May 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 6 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

09 May 2019

A letter giving notice of hearings in June 2019 has been issued to Interested Parties.

03 May 2019
05 April 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 4 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

13 March 2019

The agendas for next week’s hearings have now been published.

11 March 2019
06 March 2019

The Submissions to Deadline 3 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

25 February 2019

The Submissions from Deadline 2 have now been published.

07 February 2019

Submissions to Deadline 1 have now been published. The Examination Library will be updated as soon as practicable.

25 January 2019

Read the letter

The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

18 January 2019
  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
09 January 2019

The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

11 December 2018
Relevant representations published on the website
22 October 2018
Registration of interested parties closes
08 October 2018
Registration of interested parties begins
03 September 2018
Read the letter

The application has been accepted for examination

14 August 2018
Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
14 August 2018

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 17 July 2018.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.
It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government guidance).

18 July 2018
Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
17 July 2018

The application has been withdrawn. Please see the Applicant’s letter.

08 May 2018

This application was received by the Planning Inspectorate on 10 April 2018.

The application documents will be made available if the application is accepted for examination.

It is for the Applicant to decide whether or not application documents can be published upon submission (see government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance on the Pre-application process).

11 April 2018

New Inbox: If you wish to contact the Planning Inspectorate about the Proposed Development, please send electronic correspondence to the new project-specific inbox [email protected]

Before contacting the Planning Inspectorate, please read Advice Note 8 and check the s51 advice tab (below) which may contain the relevant response to your enquiry.

17 July 2017