At long last, Manston’s new owners have applied for planning permission on the site of the failed airport.
You can find all the official documents by clicking here: bit.ly/SHPonTDC
or, failing that, clicking here: https://planning.thanet.gov.uk/online-applications/
and then searching for application number: OL/TH/16/0550
We’re also providing them here (although the larger reports will be in 3 or 4 bits, rather than a dozen or so, as TDC have done).
As it says on TDC’s site:
“Interested parties will have the opportunity to provide feedback, through the online portal, from 7th June 2016 until 8th July 2016 initially – the council expects additional documents to be added during the consideration of the application. The application is expected to be discussed at the planning committee at the end of the year.”
So there’s a reasonable amount of time to submit comments, and may well be more later. However, there’s a lot of paperwork – really, a lot – so we’ll be providing you with some helpful tips and signposts to help you navigate the huge amount of information.
In a nutshell, Stone Hill Park’s plans spell the end of commercial aviation on the site, and with it the threat of scheduled night flights. The only other people interested in the site want to use it as an air cargo hub, with night flights. If you want to live without the threat of night flights, SHP’s plans tick that box, and the more support they get, the more likely it is their plans will succeed.