RiverOak Strategic Partners to start process to secure approval for airspace procedures for Manston Airport

In addition to needing a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Manston Airport, RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) must also secure approval from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its use of airspace and procedures to enable safe and efficient operations to and from the airport.

In accordance with the Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 1616 – Airspace Design: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design including community engagement…

RiverOak Strategic Partners completes purchase of Manston Airport site

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) can confirm that its acquisition of Manston Airport from Stone Hill Park completed this evening, Monday 9 July 2019, for a purchase price of £16.5 million.

In light of this development, RSP has submitted an updated Summary of its Case for the Development Consent Order, to the Planning Inspectorate, now that many of the issues relating to the Compulsory Acquisition of the land and, the objections to the proposals made by SHP, have fallen away. The Planning Inspectorate has published this summary on its website and it is also available on the RSP website, on the documents page.

Manston Airport site sold to RiverOak Strategic Partners Limited

Stone Hill Park Limited (SHP) has agreed to sell all its interests in the Manston Airport site to RiverOak Strategic Partners Limited (RSP). Contracts were exchanged yesterday (Tuesday 2 July) and completion of the purchase is expected to take place early next week.

The site is currently subject to a Development Consent Order (DCO) examination process on proposals by RSP to reopen the airport as a freight hub.

As the new owners of the site, RSP will be able to carry out survey work vital to the conclusion of the DCO examination process with…

Examination of our proposals for Manston gets underway this week

2019 will be an important year for the future of Manston Airport. This week, on Wednesday 9 January, the Preliminary Meeting for the Development Consent Order application takes place in Margate. The examination of our proposals, by the Planning Inspectorate, will begin the next day – a process lasting six months.

We continue to plan for the reopening of the airport. Following the acquisition of the Jentex site on Canterbury Road West in Ramsgate, which is designated as the location of the airport fuel facility, we are meeting with a wide range of other potential partners and stakeholders across…

RSP holds third parliamentary briefing

Last week, RiverOak Strategic Partners held the third in a series of parliamentary briefings, designed to keep key stakeholders up to date with the progress of the DCO and learn more about RSP’s proposals for reopening Manston.

Hosted by Sir Roger Gale on the terrace of the House of Commons, the briefing was attended by Members of Parliament, ministerial advisors, councillors from both Thanet District Council and Kent County Council and representatives from the Unite union.

There was a presentation from George Yerrall, Tony Freudmann and Rob Grinnell of RSP and speeches by…

DCO Examination workshop

This week, RiverOak Strategic Partners held a DCO Examination workshop for our professional team. It was led by Michael Humphries QC.