Independent assessors for Manston expansion plans say there is no…

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Independent assessors for Manston expansion plans say there is no…

Independent assessors for Manston expansion plans say there is no need for the extra air freight capacity
2021-10-21 18:06:00
The Development Consent Order (DCO) for the re-opening and development of Manston as a freight airport was rejected by the High Court in February 2021. This was after Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, in July 2020 had decided to ignore the advice of the Planning Inspectorate (PI) in October 2019, that the DCO should be rejected.  Grant Shapps said it should go ahead, but the court said there had not been enough detail for reasons to go against the advice of the PI.  Grant Shapps then had to “re-determine” the DCO application, and people could submit reasons to the PI for why the airport proposal should be refused. A team was set up as “independent assessor” to investigate the justification for the airport’s expansion, and report back to Mr Shapps.  The team’s report has now been published.  It concludes that “the levels of freight that the Proposed Development could expect to handle are modest and could be catered for at existing airports … Manston appears to offer no obvious advantages to outweigh the strong competition that such airports offer. …the Applicant has failed to demonstrate sufficient need for the Proposed Development”. Further submissions are welcomed until 19th November. .Tweet     Update on Support Judicial Review of Manston Airport DCO 21.10.2021 The Independent Aviation Assessor’s Draft Report was published this morning. It supports the conclusions reached by the Examining Authority two years ago when it recommended that the application should be refused. The full report can be found at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/manston-airport/?ipcsection=docs The Secretary of State for Transport is now inviting further representations with a deadline of 19 November 2021. https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-005841-211020%20FINAL%20-%20Consultation%20Letter%20-%20Second%20Round%20of%20Consultation%20Manston%20Airport%20DCO.pdf . The Independent Aviation Assessor’s Report The Independent Aviation Assessor’s Report was published on PINS this morning. It supports the conclusions reached by the Examining Authority two years agohttps://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/manston-airport/?ipcsection=docs The letter of notification from the Department for Transport references Decarbonising Transport and Jet Zero and invites further comments but 19 November… So it looks like good news for the campaigners against the airport’s plans, but they haven’t won yet! The Secretary of State’s ‘Statement of Matters’ (PDF, 179 KB) issued on 11 June 2021 set out that he had appointed an independent aviation assessor to advise him on matters relating to the need for the development and to draft a report summarising those findings. This report has now been published. The Secretary of State has now issued a letter (PDF, 176 KB) to the Applicant and Interested Parties inviting comments on the independent aviation assessor’s draft report (PDF, 3 MB), the suite of responses to his first consultation and other representations deemed relevant for the purposes of the re-determination of the application. The deadline for any response is 23:59 on 19 November 2021. https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-east/manston-airport/?ipcsection=docs . Department for Transport Manston Airport Assessor’s Report 21st October 2021 https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/wp-content/ipc/uploads/projects/TR020002/TR020002-005842-Manston%20DRAFT%20Assessors%20Report%20-%20Publicationv1.pdf   6. Conclusions on the Need Case for Development The ExA Report [Examining Authority] recommended that there was no need case for the Proposed Development, summarised in their Report of Findings and Conclusions: “Given all the above evidence, the ExA concludes that the levels of freight that the Proposed Development could expect to handle are modest and could be catered for at existing airports (Heathrow, Stansted, EMA, and others if the demand existed). The ExA considers that Manston appears to offer no obvious advantages to outweigh the strong competition that such airports offer. The ExA therefore concludes that the Applicant has failed to demonstrate sufficient need for the Proposed Development, additional to (or different from) the need which is met by the provision of existing airports.” (E.R 5.7.28) Overall, the Independent Assessor concludes that there have not been any significant or material changes to policy or the quantitative need case for the Proposed Development since July 2019 that would lead to different conclusions being reached (compared with the previous ExA conclusions) with respect to the need for the Manston development. In particular:  The changes to policy, notably the withdrawal and reinstatement of the ANPS and

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