Manston airport – Kent International
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”.