Thanet District Council are Statutory Consultees with regards to the RSP pre application consultation for a Development Consent Order in respect of their proposals for the reopening of Manston Airport as a air freight hub.

The officers responsible for the discharge of the councils statutory planning function wrote to RSP's solicitors Bircham Dyson Bell on 16th February 2018 with their comments on the RSP Consultation.

The consultation response is attached for those who may be interested in reading it in full. It is very comprehensive and ranges from the business case to the environmental impacts and the implications for housing provisions in the district. As it is some 29 pages in length members might be interested in reading the conclusion before the proceed to the full response.

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In July 2017 the Ramsgate Society and The Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum made a joint response to the RSP consultation on their proposal to apply for a Development Consent Order as part of their plan to acquire the Manston Airport site.

In that response we listed a number of concerns but focused mainly on the viability of their business case, and a review of the environmental impact the operation of an international fright hub would have on the town.

You'll probably know that for the last three or four years we have been supporting the Friends of Ellington Park in their efforts to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant (HLF) for the renovation of this historic park. After three years we finally managed to persuade Thanet District Council to support the bid and we obtained what is called a Stage 1 Pass and a grant of £148,000 from HLF Parks For People to develop the outline proposal into a Stage 2 Bid for £1.7m to restore the park to its former glory.
 
As part of the ongoing Stage 2 Bid we are doing a survey of residents in the area to find out what they think are the priorities for them as park users. This will help to take residents preferences into account as we finalise the Stage 2 Bid. We would be very grateful if you could complete the on line survey form which can be found at www.thanet.gov.uk/ellingtonpark 
 
Its very easy to do and if you submit the form before 30th Sept your name will be included in a draw to receive a £20 prize! 

The other day we came across the KCC Document "Manston Airport KCC Position Statement" on the KCC website.

It is very well researched and came to the same conclusion as the Ramsgate Society / Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum Response to the recent RSP Consultation.

KCC have in the past been supportive of Manston Airport but in their conclusions on page 12 they say:

"Surely it is now time to look at a B Plan for Manston.
The driver must be to seize the best opportunity to create a significant number of new jobs and bring prosperity into East Kent.
RiverOak has not managed to convince Thanet District Council that there is a viable business plan. We believe the new owners (Stone Hill Park) have got a credible plan and the financial ability to create substantial numbers of new jobs which will bring prosperity and economic growth to East Kent."

Take a look at the report. We were not aware of this report of at the time of our response to the RSP consultation but is very gratifying to note that KCC came to the same conclusions as our own recent RSP consultation response.

John Walker
Chairman

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