Manston airport judicial review: permission granted for…

Manston airport judicial review: permission granted for legal challenge
2020-10-18 07:23:00
A judge has granted permission for a legal challenge against the government’s decision to reopen Manston airport. The crowdfunder set up to help pay for a judicial review has now reached more than £80,000. Now the application for the review has been granted, the Secretary of State’s decision in July to approve a development consent order to open Manston as a freight cargo air hub will be challenged in court. The legal battle was launched by Jenny Dawes, the chair of Ramsgate Coastal Community Team. Solicitors Kate Harrison and Susan Ring of Harrison Grant are acting for her, and instructing barristers Richard Wald QC and Gethin Thomas. The reasons for opposing the reopening of the airport for freight are partly due to the noise, as the arrival flight path is directly over Ramsgate, near the airport. There are also strong arguments on air pollution and the UK’s climate targets. The advice of the Planning Inspectorate was to refuse permission for DCO. Jenny said:  “According to the government’s own experts, re-opening the airport will damage the local economy and impact negatively on the UK’s carbon budget and our commitments to the Paris climate agreement.” .Tweet     Manston airport judicial review: permission granted for legal challenge By Phil Hayes KENT TRAVEL NEWS   phayes@thekmgroup.co.uk 13 October 2020 A judge has granted permission for a legal challenge against the government’s decision to reopen Manston airport. It comes as a crowdfunder set up to help pay for an application process for a judicial review has now reached more than £80,000. Now the application for the review has been granted, the Secretary of State’s decision to approve a development consent order to open Manston near Ramsgate as a freight cargo air hub will be challenged in court. North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale hopes the judicial review will be dealt with swiftly. “The judge has granted the judicial review on the grounds that there may be a case to answer which is scarcely a ringing endorsement of the application,” he said. “Hopefully the hearing will be held as soon as possible so that plans to re-open the airfield and the £300 million of investment and the jobs that it will create can proceed as swiftly as possible. Tony Freudmann, director of RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP), which owns the airport, told KentOnline: “We are meeting out lawyers this afternoon and will be issuing a full statement tomorrow.” The legal battle was launched by Jenny Dawes, the chair of Ramsgate Coastal Community Team. Solicitors Kate Harrison and Susan Ring of Harrison Grant have agreed to act for her and to instruct barristers Richard Wald QC and Gethin Thomas. As she launched the campaign in July, Ms Dawes said Thanet’s coastline and a number of towns and villages are facing disaster. “The disused airport at Manston has been given permission by the government to re-open as a highly-polluting cargo hub,” she said. Extinction Rebellion Thanet held an anti-Manston protest along the A299 Thanet Way on Friday “This is against the advice of the government’s own planning experts, which sets a worrying

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