Stone Hill Park starts next stage of consultation on plans for Manston

Stone Hill Park has begun its next stage of consultation with a series of public engagement events that will give parish councils and other community groups a further chance to have their say.

The team leading the project, including planning consultants GVA and aviation experts York Aviation, will be using the sessions to share the latest on Stone Hill Park’s enhanced masterplan.

An invitation has also been shared with Thanet District Council, with the offer of one or more presentations to political groups represented on the authority, including UKIP, Conservative, Labour and Independent councillors.

This latest period of public engagement follows on from two public exhibition events held last month (20 and 21 November) at the Holiday Inn Express, Minster and Pegwell Bay Hotel in Ramsgate.

Stone Hill Park used these events to present enhanced proposals that took full account of feedback from the public, politicians and community groups over the previous two years, resulting in proposals that include:

  • The retention of part of the main runway as a working heritage airport with Manston’s two museums relocating to a new Spitfire Quarter, alongside new heritage aviation attractions.
  • A new settlement with up to 4,000 new homes from starter homes to retirement built over 20 years with all the community facilities to support them including shops and schools.
  • A new hi-tech manufacturing business park, part of a number of employment opportunities that will help to create thousands of jobs, including a hotel.
  • A new country park including a retained section of the main runway that will be available for events, farmers markets and other community activities.
  • A state-of-the-art sports and leisure village, that will deliver Kent’s first 50m Olympic sized pool, a surf lake and other sports facilities.

The feedback from this period of consultation will help Stone Hill Park to progress enhanced proposals that will form the basis of a new planning application next year. Trevor Cartner, Co-Owner, Stone Hill Park, said:

“Seeking the views of Thanet on what is both right and deliverable for the district’s largest available brownfield site has always been important to us – and continues to be.

“We are moving ahead with significant enhancements to our masterplan, which we have already shared with the public with further engagement to come with local politicians, community groups and others over the coming weeks.

“Their input – together with that of statutory consultees – will ensure the enhanced proposals being submitted to Thanet District Council in the New Year deliver what the district needs – for the long term.

“That will include new heritage attractions; thousands of much needed homes; significant numbers of jobs and training opportunities; acres of new open space and a destination sports and leisure village.”

If you are a community group from Thanet interested in meeting with or receiving a presentation from the Stone Hill Park project team, please contact Miranda Chapman or Lee Winter at Pillory Barn by calling 01622 684407.