About RiverOak

“Reviving Manston Airport as a successful and profitable airfreight hub, of national significance,with complementary passenger and engineering services.”

RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd (RSP) has initiated a process under the provisions of the Planning Act 2008 which is intended to lead to an application for a Development Consent Order that will include the compulsory purchase of Manston Airport. A public, statutory consultation will take place on our plans in due course.

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.
  • RSP are a great buyer with a fantastic aviation business vision and the money ready.
  • Regular meetings between Planning Inspectorate and RiverOak are already taking place.
  • Major aviation businesses are keen and ready to come to Manston.
  • Generating full time quality jobs at an expanded Manston.
  • Now with dual carriageway and unequalled proximity to channel ports, M25, and Highspeed rail services to London.

RSP 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.

RSP have enlisted some very heavyweight teams to deliver the development and planning of Manston.  Find out more on their website.