RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) are seeking a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Government to redevelop and reopen the airport as a hub for international air freight and to acquire the site compulsory from the current owners Stone Hill Park.
A consultation on their plans commences this week lasting until 23 July. it is vital that all members make a response if the future of our town is to be safeguarded.
The main features of RSP’s proposals are for a major international centre for air freight capable of handling a minimum of 10,000 air freight Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) per annum. This equates roughly to 28 flights per day.
The long term aspiration is to increase the number of flights to around 17,000 ATM’s per annum equivalent to around 50 flights per day. This compares with just over 500 ATM’S per annum in the airports last year of operation (ie around 2 flights per day) and demonstrates the scale of the operation proposed: a potential 34 fold increase in aircraft movements every day of the year.
This project is being promoted by us - the civic society for the town of Ramsgate. Founded in 1964, with over 700 members, it is affiliated to Civic Voice the national body for Civic Societies in England and is a registered charity.
The Clock House is the most important historic building in the Ramsgate Royal Harbour. It is Listed Grade 2* by Historic England and houses the Ramsgate Maritime Museum Collection. Both the building and collection have been neglected for over 30 years, but properly restored and managed could provide a major boost to the economic regeneration of Ramsgate.
The Clock House is owned by Thanet District Council and is currently leased to The Steam Museum Trust until 31st Jan 2037. Under this proposal the existing lease would be assigned to a new trust, The Ramsgate Clock House Heritage Trust, which has been set up by the Ramsgate Society to enable the project to be implemented.