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Welcome to the Documentation web-site of the Save Manston Airport association.

Dedicated to re-opening Manston Airport in Kent, SMA comprises about 10,000 mostly Kentish and Thanet people who have been campaigning since Spring 2014.

We have presented a 10,000 signature petition about Manston Airport to Thanet District Council, and a  26,524 signature petition to No. 10 Downing St.

Believe it – Manston Airport will return

A Development Consent Order (DCO) is being sought that will have the airport land taken over by someone who has the wish, the money and the ability to develop it as a thriving airport.

  • HM Government (Planning Inspectorate) now decide the future of Manston – not Thanet District Council.
  • RiverOak are a great buyer with a fantastic aviation business vision and the money ready.
  • Regular meetings between Planning Inspectorate and RiverOak.
  • Major aviation businesses are keen and ready to come to Manston.
  • This can be the catalyst to put Thanet back on the map ! Generating full time quality jobs at an expanded Manston.
  • Now with dual carriage way and unequalled proximity to channel ports, M25, and Javelin train to London.

RiverOak are applying for a comprehensive DCO encompassing the compulsory purchase of the airport and the planning permissions required for the reinstatement of Manston as a specialised aviation agglomeration centre offering the following facilities and services:

  • a major international centre for air freight,
  • a reliever for the major airports of London,
  • an extensive aircraft recycling and engineering facility,
  • a base for at least one passenger carrier,
  • a flight training school,
  • a fixed base operation for executive travel.

Support Thanet’s big chance for economic revival

RiverOak have employed some very heavyweight teams to deliver the development and planning of Manston :



Professional Team


RiverOak Investments will be holding a series of informal consultation events during July, ahead of the more formal consultation process later in the year, to enable the local community to find out more about the proposals for Manston Airport and the DCO process.

The dates and locations of the events are as follows:

Tuesday 12 July 
Broadstairs Pavilion
Harbour Street
Broadstairs CT10 1EU

Wednesday 13 July
Sands Hotel
Marine Drive

Monday 18 July
The King’s Hall
Beacon Hill
Herne Bay CT6 6BA

Thursday 21 July
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
The Precincts
Canterbury CT1 2EH

Friday 22 July
The Guildhall
Sandwich CT13 9AP

Saturday 23 July
The Comfort Inn
Victoria Parade
Ramsgate CT11 8DT

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If you would like to be notified of key events in the Saving of Manston Airport – News, polls, etc. The Save Manston Airport association now has an email list that you can join :

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No we will not then spam you with lots of email.

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Please see the Documentation tab above for information on Manston Airport and getting it back into operation.

More documentation is always being added.  Please keep coming back.

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