No Night Flights group hosts meeting over Manston cargo hub airport plans

Manston airport site

A public meeting is being held in Ramsgate tonight (September 7) by campaigners against cargo hub plans and possible night flights at Manston.

Hosted by the No Night Flights group the aim is to discuss the Development Consent Order application submitted by Riveroak Strategic Partners (RSP) and approved for pre-submission by the Planning Inspectorate.

Registration is now open for people who want to comment on the DCO which seeks development consent and compulsory acquisition powers over the land. It is the means of obtaining permission for developments categorised as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). This includes energy, transport, water and waste projects.

RSP want to create an international cargo hub at the site. Plans submitted to Thanet council by site owners Stone Hill Park are for housing, business and infrastructure on the land.

The NNF meeting will discuss the DCO process and how people can submit their views.

The meeting takes place at 7pm at the Chatham House site of Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School. It is open to all members of the public.

To register to make representation to the Planning Inspectorate about the DCO click here


  1. Literally hundreds of people turned up for this meeting and virtually all of them were annoyed about proposals to reopen the airport. For the last four years the pro-airport campaign groups have told everybody who would listen that virtually everyone in Thanet supports their campaign. If they are wrong about that I wonder what else they are wrong about.

  2. Quick head count was 350 and quite a few, like me, were interested to see how this Labour driven group would approach the issue of Manston. Interesting information via PowerPoint and plenty of coaching information given to all attendees but the biggest cheer went to the prospective Labour candidate as she now has a local issue that she can focus on to help her campaign at the next election. Nice training session!

    • It seems as if a lot of the people who attended knew nothing about RSP’s alleged plans for a cargo hub airport. I’m very glad that our current Labour councillors don’t support them.

      The “training ” was in how to comment on PINS’ website, wasn’t it?

    • I can’t see why you would turn up mike when you are not against the proposals . Seems a bit pointless. It was very obvious that everyone else there was against this proposed nightmare .

  3. It was a superb meeting, with around 500 in the hall and a few dozen overspill outside, craning their necks through the door.
    It was clear that many people there had had little or no idea a about RSP’s plans to inflict a 24×7 cargo hub on Ramsgate.
    A head teacher spoke of his concerns over the effects of sleep deprivation on the learning and behaviour of children woken up several times a night by low flying aircraft.
    For me, it was good to know that there are hundreds and hundreds of Ramsgate people who don’t want RSP’s blight.

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