Recently my take on Manston, Airport, Mixed Use Development, Emergency Lorry Park, has moved much more into the realms of just trying to find out what if anything is going on and away from any particular for or against stance.
There have been some suggestions this morning that RiverOak Strategic Partners, RSP are aiming to submit their 5,500 page Development Consent Order application to The Planning Inspectorate PINS next week or next month. Apparently this has cost about £10m so far or about £2,000 per page.
The announcement hasn’t been made by RSP or PINS but by two local Conservative politicians Kent county councillor for Thanet Cllr Messenger on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/paul.messenger.94/posts/1865972960102348 and the leader of Thanet District Council Cllr Bayford to a local reporter https://www.kentlive.news/news/kent-news/thanet-leader-council-bob-bayford-1390127
I suppose this is part of the strange modern world we live in that there is no announcement from the multimillion pound company RSP either on their news site http://rsp.co.uk/news/ their Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/RSPManston/ Twitter account https://twitter.com/RSPManston
They don't seem to have updated anything for about a month, so low activity.
I’m not really sure if this should be viewed as good news or bad news from anyone’s point of view.
For those hoping the reopening of Manston Airport, the DCO remit is for building an airfreight hub with a capacity of at least 12,000 airfreight movements a year. This combined with the negative consultation submissions from the local councils, which RSP are supposed to have been working closely with for the last two years towards this submission stage but in fact don’t seem to have any viable dialogue with. Well it don’t look so good.
For those who are sceptical and see the possibility of our local politicians involved in some potential land grab and land banking move by foreign investors, something that has happened before in Thanet, well that doesn’t look too good either.