2018 RSP Manston Airport Consultation

Closed 9 Mar 2018

Opened 12 Jan 2018


RiverOak Strategic Partners (‘RiverOak’) is proposing to reopen Manston Airport in Kent, primarily as a cargo airport (‘the Project’). The proposals will help meet a growing demand for air freight in the UK, support the regional economy and protect the Airport’s unique heritage. RiverOak has refined and developed its proposals to reopen Manston Airport following over 2,200 responses to consultation carried out in June and July 2017. We would now like to hear your views on changes to the masterplan, additional environmental information and our proposed noise mitigation plan, in particular, although we will have regard to all responses received on any issue relating to the Project. Responses given during the 2017 consultation remain valid and need not be repeated.

The consultation will run from 12 January and 16 February 2018

The statutory consultation period has now closed.  However, for certain statutory consultees, the consultation period did not start until a later time.  For this reason the consultation period for them has been extended until 9 March.



Why We Are Consulting

Based on the addition of 19 aircraft stands from when the airport previously operated, on the basis that the airport is currently unable to operate, this would increase the capability of the airport by well over 10,000 air transport movements per year. This means that the Project is classified as a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ by the Planning Act 2008 (‘the Act’). As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, we must make an application under the Act for a permission known as a ‘Development Consent Order’ (‘DCO’) to construct and operate Manston Airport. The application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate which will examine it and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will then make a decision on whether the Project is granted consent. This consultation will fulfil the requirements of sections 42, 47 and 48 of the Act.


Similarly to the 2017 consultation, this consultation also forms part of RiverOak’s initial engagement on the design of airspace and procedures associated with the airport. As such it is a further opportunity for members of the community to highlight any factors which they believe RiverOak should take into account during that design phase. Having taken all such factors into account, the subsequent proposals for flightpaths and airspace will be subject to a separate round of consultation once the DCO application has been made.