Stone Hill Park to hold public exhibitions on Manston airport development plans

Previous SHP plans for the Manston airport site

Stone Hill Park is holding two public exhibitions on its plans for the Manston airport site.

The developer has enhanced proposals that will be submitted in the New Year to Thanet District Council.

Last month SHP submitted a hybrid plan  with a number of changes following consultation events in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

SHP plan to develop the 303ha space for 2,500 homes; an advanced manufacturing focused business park; sports and recreational facilities, with the former runway becoming the focal point for a network of parkland, trails and outdoor space, and a ‘heritage hub’ at the site.

Changes to the original masterplan, which was submitted in 2015, include relocating the ‘wavegarden,- a n inland surf lagoon -sports hall and courts, adding more residential areas to the eastern edge of the site, adding a village green and extra, smaller park areas and explanations for road layouts and ‘wavegarden’ facilities.

Housing has also been removed from the western end of the site, with the employment area extended.

Find the latest revisions by searching OL/TH/16/0550 on Thanet’s planning portal.

Rival plan from RSP

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP)  hopes to reopen the airport site in a £300m project to create an air freight hub with passenger services and business aviation.

The company aims to submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate to allow a compulsory purchase of the site. It bought out the DCO rights from the original proposing company RiverOak corporation last December.

A face to face meeting to discuss the Inspectorate’s review of RSP’s draft documents took [place earlier this month. A decision by the Secretary of State on the DCO is expected by the end of 2018. If RSP gets the green light for its plans it says the opening of the re-built and refurbished airport will be in 2020.

SHP exhibition events: 3pm-8pm

Monday, 20 November

Holiday Inn Express Minster Tothill Street, Minster

Tuesday, 21 November

Pegwell Bay Hotel, 81 Pegwell Rd, Ramsgate