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Manston airport and Richborough Connection on the agenda for Thanet District Council

Manston airport and the Richborough Connection will be discussed at a Thanet District Council planning meeting on Wednesday.

The council’s planning committee will be asked why they have not yet made a decision on three 2015 planning applications for buildings on the former airport site.

The applications were; to change building four from airport use to industrial use, changing the Manston airport cargo centre and responding vehicle point again from airport use to storage and distribution use and changing the south terminal building from airport use into general industrial for three years.

Manston Airport at the time of its closure
Manston Airport at the time of its closure

The applications were made on May 23 last year and the applicant has appealed against the fact that no decision has been made.

Members of the public were also invited to give their view, with a deadline ending Wednesday, February 10.

The council have also been called to defend their refusal of a fourth planning application, in October 2015, made at the same time as the previous three.

National Grid's Nemo Interconnector that could be built at Richborough
National Grid's Nemo Interconnector that could be built at Richborough

Another item on the agenda is the National Grid’s planning application to build an overhead line connection between Richborough and Canterbury.

The project aims to join the Nemo Link, a high voltage electricity link between the UK and Belgium, and the National Grid’s existing network in Canterbury.

The proposals will mean a 20km overhead line, built using 60 pylons.

The planning committee will submit a joint Local Impact Report to the Planning Inspectorate by working together with Kent County, Canterbury City and Dover District councils.

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