Tuesday, 28 April 2009


Thanet district Council press release

Recommendations of amendments to the draft Masterplan for Kent International Airport have been unanimously agreed at a meeting of Thanet District Council.

Members met last week (Thursday 23 April) and agreed in principle with the aspirations of the draft Masterplan, but that the airport owners Infratil be asked to amend it to take account of the consultation process they carried out and to include some specific alterations and additions.

These include more specific and measurable targets on carbon neutrality, sustainability and emission controls and more details about establishing an Air Transport Forum. Their remit would include looking at a greater use of public transport to get to the airport.

The recommendations came from the Manston Airport Working Party, set up by the council's Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

The Working Party's report, which runs to more than 30 pages, sets out the site's planning history, details of the Section 106 Agreement, planning policies and a summary of the draft Masterplan, before then going on to make a number of recommendations.

These include:
Requesting that the airport publish the results of its consultation and proposed amendments for further comments, before finalising the Masterplan. It also requests that consultation should be undertaken with statutory planning consultees.

Explaining how the Masterplan meets the requirements of the Section 106 Agreement.
Suggesting a series of amendments should be made, including more specific measurable targets on issues such as carbon neutrality, emission control and sustainability.
Including more specific proposals, explaining how development at the airport will be phased, what additional infrastructure improvements will be required until 2018 and details of approximate costs for these.

Putting forward more specific proposals, with timescales, for the implementation of environmental studies to assess the impact of the phased growth.

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