Manston airport – Kent International
Permission granted for Judicial Review
13th October 2020
Permission was granted for a Judicial Review of the agreement to build a cargo airport at Manston & there will be a costs cap.
Well done to the No Night Flights Over Ramsgate group, and all those who have worked hard to bring this about & everyone who has contributed £££
Update from Jenny Dawes – who brought the legal challenge against the government’s Manston decision
4th December 2020
Following the quashing of the Manston Airport Development Consent Order 2020 by the Court, the Secretary of State will write to all interested parties, setting out key issues and inviting further written representations on those issues.
Interested parties include the applicant, the local authority and anyone who previously registered by filling out a Relevant Representation form at the inquiry stage (and had it accepted as valid).
The Secretary of State will make a decision based on the Examining Authority’s Report and the further representations. The Secretary of State has three months to make a decision but this can be extended.
The decision could be either a refusal to make a Manston Airport Development Consent Order or a decision to grant such a Consent Order.
If a DCO is refused, RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) may wish to bring a judicial review. I would be an Interested Party in any such challenge.
If a DCO is granted, another judicial review can be brought on the existing grounds and any further grounds that may arise on review of the decision letter.
Government grants Manston DCO to allow the airport to re-open, against Planning Inspectorate recommendation
Airport might re-open….
Manston has been closed as an airport since May 2014. It is the first airport to have to take its plans through the DCO (Development Consent Order) process, dependant on the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS). It always failed as an airport in the past, largely due to its location. In October 2019, the Planning Inspector recommended to the Secretary of State for Transport that Manston should not be re-opened. The decision was then for transport minister Andrew Stephenson, “with the secretary of state, Grant Shapps, recused to avoid any conflict of interest.” He has now given approval to the DCO for the airport to re-open, for cargo and even passengers – overruling the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The airport claims it could open by 2023, handling up to 10,000 cargo flights a year as well as passenger services, with construction starting as early as 2021. There is huge opposition to the plans, due to noise and air pollution. The approach path from the east is directly over Ramsgate, about 2 miles from the airport. PINS had said opening Manston would have “a material impact on the ability of government to meet its carbon reduction targets”. The ANPS is currently not valid, awaiting a Supreme Court hearing on 7th and 8th October.
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”.