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RiverOak Manston events in Ramsgate and Herne Bay this week

By Katie Davis

Two consultation events by RiverOak Strategic Partners on the opportunity to revive Manston Airport as an air-freight hub take place this week, with the airport site no longer under threat of rezoning following last week’s council vote.

Councillors in Thanet rejected a planning blueprint at a meeting last Thursday that would have meant that the former Manston Airport site being developed for houses and businesses.

RiverOak welcomed the decision not to redesignate the airport for mixed use, including housing.

RiverOak Strategic Partners wants to re-open Manston as a cargo airport
RiverOak Strategic Partners wants to re-open Manston as a cargo airport

George Yerrall, a director of RiverOak said: “Last week’s decision by the elected members of Thanet is in line with the Inspector’s appeal decision, in July 2017, which endorsed the strength and weight of the EC4 zoning (aviation use) for Manston and confirmed that it accorded with national planning policy and the aviation policy framework – irrespective of whether the airport was open or closed at the present time.

"At that time the rezoning policy had ‘little weight’, as a result of last week’s decision it now has no weight.

“If our Development Consent Order is granted, RiverOak remains committed to collaborating fully with Thanet District Council to deliver a thriving, vibrant airport which supports the creation of thousands of local jobs.

Councillors voted at last week's meeting
Councillors voted at last week's meeting

"We would also be pleased to work closely with their planning team to contribute to a Local Plan which supports these outcomes, maximises the growth potential of the Isle and still delivers the housing requirements placed upon Thanet by government.”

The consultation events are being held as follows:

• The Comfort Inn, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8DT, from 12 noon to 8pm today

• The King’s Hall, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay CT6 6BA, from 12 noon to 8pm on Wednesday, January 24

The deadline for responses is 11.59pm on Friday, February 16.

Responses to the consultation can be made online, by email, by post or at the consultation events and copies of all consultation documents, together with full details of how to respond, are available at rsp.co.uk.

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