Manston airport – Kent International
JR application to stop Manston airport Development Consent Order denied by judge
An application for Judicial Review of the Manston airport DCO has been rejected by a judge. The DCO was initially granted in July 2020 when the DfT approved the application by RiverOak Strategic Partners to make the airport an air freight hub. That was refused in the High Court in February 2021 following a legal challenge by Ramsgate resident Jenny Dawes and supporters which resulted in the DfT Secretary of State conceding the decision approval letter issued from the Minister of State did not contain enough detail. The DCO was granted for a second time in August 2022 by then Transport Minister Karl McCartney. In response Jenny launched a 2nd JR application, trying to stop the airport plans. The application was initially dismissed by Mr Justice Lane in January but then allowed on partial grounds in a review by Mrs Justice Lieven in March. The latest hearing was before Honourable Mr Justice Ian Dove in July. Jenny plans to appeal the judgement, and remains “firmly of the view that the government’s decision to proceed with Manston Airport, in the face of expert evidence to the contrary and in the context of the worsening climate crisis, is nonsensical.”
Permission for a second judicial review granted, challenging plans to become a freight airport
By Michael Keohan, BBC News
A judge has granted a judicial review for plans to turn Manston Airport into an air freight hub. The government granted permission for the project last year, after the High Court ordered the Department for Transport to reconsider its decision to give the go-ahead for the works in 2021. The site’s owners said the development could face further delays. North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said the news was “bitterly disappointing.” At an appeal hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, judge Mrs Justice Lieven granted the review on three points, and asked for one on climate change to be addressed in writing within a week. This is the second time a development consent order for Manston Airport has faced a judicial review. Tony Freudmann, the director of RiverOak, which owns the site, said the review could delay plans to get flights taking off in 2026. Sir Roger said the announcement was “simply wasting time”. Manston Airport closed in May 2014.
High Court judge rejects application to legally challenge August 2022 approval of Manston expansion plans
And January 22nd, Manston campaigners have lodged an application for renewal of the claim for permission to apply for judicial review of the Manston Airport DCO. They are crowdfunding at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/support-judicial-review-of-sec/
A DCO (Development Consent Order) for the re-opening of Manston airport, and its use mainly for air cargo was approved by the government in August 2022. Then local residents, through Jenny Dawes, made an application for permission to get a Judicial Review of the decision, on 29th September 2022. The government has now announced that this legal challenge has been rejected. In her 1,200-page appeal, Jenny said the reopening “Manston Airport will cause irreparable harm to the people, environment and the economy of east Kent”. The airport owners, RiverOak Strategic Partners’ (RSP), have applied for permission to upgrade and reopen the airport primarily as a freight airport, with some passenger services, with a capacity of at least 12,000 air cargo movements per year. The plans were given the go ahead in August despite planners recommending that the development consent order application (DCO) be refused. An earlier DCO for development of Manston as a freight airport was rejected by the High Court in February 2021.This was after Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, in July 2020 had decided to ignore the advice of the Planning Inspectorate in October 2019, that the DCO should be rejected.
Update on the re-determination of the application
The Independent Aviation Assessor appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport reached the overall conclusion that “there have not been any significant or material changes to policy or the quantitative need case for the Proposed Development since July 2019 that would lead to different conclusions being reached (compared with the previous ExA conclusions) with respect to the need for the Manston Development.”
Today, Friday 3 December 2021, is the last day for submissions to the Planning Inspectorate in response to the Secretary of State’s consultation in respect of the redetermination of the application to upgrade and reopen Manston Airport. Final submissions must be lodged by 23.59 hrs. Then – back to waiting for the Secretary of State to make a decision.
Re-determination of the DCO application
The Transport Sec of State, Shapps, has to re-determine the DCO application of Manston airport. People have until 9th July 2021 to inform the Planning Inspectorate of any matters the Sec of State must now take into account, eg. national or local policies.
Manston DCO officially quashed – fresh decision from Sec of State only way the freight airport could proceed
Manston airport becoming a freight airport is the first Development Consent Order (DCO) for an airport. The Planning Inspectorate (PI) advised the DfT that plans should be rejected in October 2019. The DfT then wanted more information about the plans, from the airport developers, RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP). In July 2020, Sec of State Grant Shapps, for the DfT decided to ignore the PI’s advice, and allow the DCO. This was then legally challenged by local campaigner, Jenny Dawes, and the challenge was allowed to go ahead, in October 2020. By December the Grant Shapps had agreed that his decision approval letter did not contain enough detail about why approval was given against the advice of the PI – so the DCO was quashed. Now on 15th February a High Court judge has ruled that the DCO is quashed. The Defendant (Secretary of State for Transport) and RSP will pay Jenny Dawes’ “reasonable costs” up to £70,000. Grant Shapps, will now need to issue a renewed decision on the DCO. If there is another DCO similar to the original, the same arguments against it still stand, based on need, breach of procedural requirements, and the Net Zero carbon duty. If he decides against another DCO, then RSP may bring another legal challenge, or give up.
Manston airport closed on 15th May 2014.
It lost its CAA licence.
Now named “Stone Hill Park.”
The site may in future be re-named “Stone Hill Park” with plans by developers for up to 2,500 homes, work units, parkland. The outline proposals were put out for consultation at the start of July 2015. More information at http://www.stonehillpark.co.uk/
Manston’s Night Flights Proposal (November 2011)
- Quota Count: a maximum of 1,593 QC points per calendar year.
- ATMs: a maximum of 659 per calendar year.
Wikipedia page on Manston airport Wikipedia
Kent Airport. Flights and CO2 emissions.
Analysis of flights, routes, and top 10 destinations from Kent Airport in 2011. Also carbon emissions.
And passenger growth and numbers over the past 15 years. http://www.awsw.co.uk/allco2/MSE_co2.html
CAA figures: CAA aviation statistics
UK Airport Statistics: 2012 – annual (Table 10.3) Terminal Passengers 2002 – 2012
Air Transport Movements
UK Airport Statistics: 2012 – annual (Table 4.2) ATMs 2002 – 2012
UK Airport Statistics: 2012 – annual (Table 13.2) Freight 2002 – 2012
(Manston had the 10th highest air freight tonnage in the UK in 2008. Details ).
CAA statistics, annual figures – Table 3.1
Air freight at Manston – freight tonnages:
Oct 2009 – 2,818 tonnes (1.45% of the UK total)
Master Plan 2009 published
27th November 2009 Previous master plan figures were significantly cut back.
the draft Master Plan consultation, they are still massively higher than at present.
was 2.7 million) and 4,752,000 passengers by 2033. (The previous figure for 2033 was 5.7 million).
The master plan shows the airport expects fewer than 50,000 passengers in 2010,
rising to 527,000 in 2014. It is working on the assumption that airlines will
begin operating daily scheduled services from the airport from 2014 at the latest.
The total number of passenger flights per day are expected to rise from one in
2010 to 56 in 2018 and 97 in 2033.
next 25 years. Included in the draft Master Plan are details of how it sees growth opportunities for the airport during the next 25 years. The airport says “The final version of the Master Plan will be published in early 2009” but it is still a draft master plan.
Airport Master Plan:
comment 19.12.2008. Massive expansion anticipated, for freight and passenger
“The master plan identifies the need for additional warehousing facilities to
facilitate the growth in cargo traffic from the current level of some 35,000 tonnes
to an annual rate of 70,000 tonnes by the end of financial year 2002/03, a figure
that is likely to be exceeded given the strength of demand being shown. The master
plan also specifically identified the creation of hangar and aviation related
facilities on land to the north of the B2050, commonly referred to as the Northern Grass”.