The RSP proposal to reopen the former Manston Airport as a 24/7 International cargo hub has complied with the preliminary procedures to enable it to go forward to an Examination in Public. This does not imply that there is some form of official approval for the substance of the proposal, for which there is not, but it does give local residents the opportunity to make their concerns known to the Planning Inspectorate at the Public Inquiry.
Persons or organisations wishing to make their views known have until 8 October to register their interest with The Planning Inspectorate. (PINS.)
The Ramsgate Society is intending to register and will do so citing a number of key reasons why we are opposed to RSP’s proposals. These will centre around the potentially disastrous impact that 24/7 operations at the airport will have on the historic fabric of the town and the quality of life for its residents.
Stuck for something to do this wekeend?
Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore. This year there are ten events taking place in Ramsgate, celebrating the rich history and heritage of the town. This includes costumed walks guiding you round Ramsgate, and a chance to see inside the Italianate Glasshouse.
The Heritage Open Day events will take place this and next weekend - from 6th - 9th and from 13th -16th September.
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.