With only a week to go before the Manston DCO consultation completion deadline I have been trying to work out the situation about noise compensation for those people who live at the end of the runway approach in the bit where aircraft can’t turn so have to fly over houses.
As far as I see this is mostly a swathe over Ramsgate about a mile and a half wide with the runway line going up the middle.
The main place I looked was to see what happens with other airports using the DCO legislation and because DCOs are fairly new, the only other instance where they intend to use a DCO is the third runway at Heathrow.
In the case of Heathrow the situation is fairly clear, if they want your land, your house or your business then when it is subject to the cpo it will be subject to a current market valuation based on the value of your house if were unaffected by the airport expansion and they will pay you this plus 25% see https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/local-community/property-compensation/
This surprises me because for the DCO to be accepted pins or the DFT, however you like to think of them, have to have proof that RSP have the funds to pay for the compensation and I don't see how they can do this without knowing how much the compensation will be.
So have I missed anything or have I misunderstood something.
If you equate Heathrow to Manston the distances don’t look quite the same as at Heathrow the airport own much more land at the eastern end or the site, beyond the end of the runways. So the bit they describe as the wider zone, if applied to Manston and Ramsgate would appear to reach across to the coast.
Here they are offering to buy your property for unaffected market value plus 25% and or offer a sound insulation scheme.
I have to admit I was expecting something like this in the RSP documents but haven’t been able to find anything.
The big added difference with the flight path over Ramsgate is the conservation zone and the listed buildings which would be much more expensive to insulate if double-glazing were to be allowed by English Heritage.
My understanding is that however the flight paths are arranged flying over Ramsgate is essential.
I suppose there is also the possibility that what is seen as normal compensation for airport development at Heathrow wouldn’t apply at Manston, but this would seem unlikely.