This week the Department for Transport granted permission for Manston Airport in Kent to be transformed into an international air freight hub, creating over 23,000 jobs by the 20th year of its operation.

Copper supported RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) with an application for a Development Consent Order for its proposals for Manston, providing consultation and engagement expertise on this high profile £300 million project.  More than 2,000 responses were received during the statutory consultation.

RSP director, Tony Freudmann, said:

“Once built, Manston will be one of the most modern, efficient and environmentally friendly freight hubs in the world, able to cater for traditional freight as well as the rapidly expanding international e-commerce sector that the UK has so heavily relied upon during the period of lockdown.”

Construction will begin in 2021 with the Airport operating its first cargo services in the first quarter of 2023.

Read RSP’s full statement here.