Stone Hill Park (SHP) has announced it is in talks with Homes England to support the redevelopment of the airport site at Manston through the £3billion Home Building Fund.
Homes England is a public-sector organisation, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Its purpose is to bring together land, money, expertise and planning to help with the delivery of new homes on behalf of the government.
Trevor Cartner, co-owner Stone Hill Park, said: “To have the support of Homes England will be a huge bonus. They are tasked with tackling the chronic shortage of new homes by the Government and they are as enthusiastic about Stone Hill Park as we are. With their help we can speed up delivery of future phases of the site by building infrastructure, including the first school and other facilities.”
Stone Hill Park has also announced a tie-up with housing association, Optivo for the delivery of the first 400 homes. The company has submitted a planning application for a mixed-use scheme, including up to 3,700 homes, a hi-tech manufacturing park, aviation heritage attractions, a new country park and leisure facilities, including Kent’s first Olympic sized pool.
To view all documents related to Stone Hill Park’s proposals for the Manston Airport site, visit the planning portal of Thanet District Council’s website at www.thanet.gov.uk and enter the ref number OL/TH/18/0660.
A Homes England spokesman said: “Whilst we are aware of the proposals we have no direct involvement.”
Riveroak Strategic Partners (RSP), the firm aiming to bring aviation back to the site, withdrew its Development Consent Order which it submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in April but says it hopes to resubmit in the coming weeks.
A DCO is the means of obtaining permission for developments categorised as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). This includes energy, transport, water and waste projects.