Manston: The Decision of RiverOak Strategic Partners to delay the submission of application for DCO

Matthew GRIFFITHS made this Freedom of Information request to Planning Inspectorate

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Dear Planning Inspectorate,

On the 22nd November 2017 RSP announced their intention to delay the submission of their formal application for a Development Consent Order pending further public consultations. The Member of Parliament for Thanet North made his own announcement, implying that this decision was at his request.

Rumour locally is that is that the Planning Inspectorate, having either a) received an application formally, or b) informally as a result of having seen the final draft of an application, have either rejected that application or suggested that the submission needs to be improved before such submission.

Could you please advise as to whether the PI has either received the formal application submitted on behalf of RiverOak Stategic Partners and gone on to reject it, or having had sight of the completed application, have informally suggested that improvements need to be made before it is formally submitted.

If the answer to either of these scenarios is in the affirmative, how is such advice, be it formal or informal, compatible with s.51(2) Planning Act 2003.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Griffiths


Dear Planning Inspectorate,
I have yet to receive a response to this application.
You will of course be aware that an application should be dealt with promptly, generally interpreted as within 20 working days. A response to this application is therefore considerably overdue.

Yours faithfully,


Dear Mr Griffiths,

Thank you for your email which I have forwarded to our FOI Team.

Kind regards,
Catherine Bell
Customer Support Team – The Planning Inspectorate

Customers are at the heart of everything we do

4A, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Email: [email address]
Helpline: 0303 444 5000
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Lewis-Jones, Angela,

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Dear Mr Griffiths


Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
dated 28 November 2017.  We apologise for the delay in response but
unfortunately your request was not received in this department until this


With regard to the Manston Airport project, an application has not yet
been formally submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.  We
received a suite of draft application documents from RiverOak Strategic
Partners (RSP) for an initial review in Q4 2017, in line with the
Pre-application service for applicants set out in our Pre-application




Feedback on draft documents is routinely given at a face-to-face meeting. 
In this case that meeting took place on 2 November 2017 and is published




RSP’s explanation and justification for delaying the submission of its
application is set out in this meeting note:




We anticipate that the application will be formally submitted to the
Planning Inspectorate in Q1 2018.


Please find attached a copy of our review procedures for information.


Yours sincerely


Aggie Lewis-Jones


Aggie Lewis-Jones BA (Hons)

Customer Quality Officer/FOI Support

The Planning Inspectorate

3B Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BSI


Twitter:  @PINSgov

Email:  [5][email address]

Tel:  0303 444 5411


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