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.
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.
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.