The firm hoping to reopen Manston airport has released two videos as part of its consultation event

An RSP graphic of manston airport

RiverOak Strategic Partners’ have released two videos to coincide with its consultation on proposals to revive Manston Airport.

The consultation opened  this week and continues until Sunday 23 June.

RiverOak is proposing to reopen Manston Airport as an air freight hub with associated business aviation and passenger services, and says it will create almost 30,000 jobs by the airport’s 20th year of operation.

 The consultation fulfils a number of requirements set out in the Planning Act 2008, allowing RiverOak to refine its proposals before submitting an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate.

As part of the consultation, seven public consultation events will be held between Wednesday 14 June and Saturday 24 June:

  • The King’s Hall, Herne Bay, Wednesday 14 June: 2pm – 8pm
  • The Pavilion, Broadstairs, Thursday 15 June: 2pm – 8pm
  • Cliffsend Village Hall, Friday 16 June: 2pm – 8pm
  • The Sands Hotel, Margate, Saturday 17 June: 10am – 2pm
  • The Guildhall, Sandwich, Tuesday 20 June: 2pm – 8pm
  • ABode Hotel, Canterbury, Thursday 22 June: 2pm – 8pm
  • The Comfort Inn, Ramsgate, Saturday 24 June: 10am – 2pm

The events are open to any member of the public that would like to attend and further details of the locations, local public transport services and other information can be found in the Statement of Community Consultation which can be downloaded from www.rsp.co.uk.

There will be two business-only briefings, at The King’s Hall in Herne Bay, on Wednesday 14 June and at the Pavilion in Broadstairs, on Thursday 15 June. Businesses interested in attending should email manston@communityrelations.co.uk for further information and to secure a place.

There will also be two information events in village halls in Minster Tuesday 27th June at 7pm and in Acol Wednesday 28th June at 7pm.

George Yerrall, Director of RiverOak Strategic Partners, said: “The consultation is very important to us as it allows the local community to scrutinise our proposals and share their views and thoughts with us.

“This, in turn, will enable us to refine our proposals further before submitting the Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate, later this year. Communities and organisations in and around Thanet and across Kent are warmly invited to participate in the consultation.”

Copies of all consultation documents are available from http://rsp.co.uk/statutory-consultation/ and at these public libraries during their normal opening hours:

Birchington, Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Deal, Herne Bay, Margate, Minster-in-Thanet, Newington, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Westgate.

As the full Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is a very large document, it will only be available in full at Deal, Herne Bay and Margate libraries. A non-technical summary will be available at all libraries, at the seven consultation events and on the RSP website, as part of an Overview Report.

The two videos set out RiverOak’s Case for Manston and details of how to participate in the consultation process:

Stone Hill Park

Site owners Stone Hill Park have submitted a masterplan to Thanet council for

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.

Stone Hill Park says it expects its planning application for the site to be examined by Thanet council later this year.

Stone Hill Park’s plans can be viewed here