Response to PINS decision to examine DCO application

Stone Hill Park has today released a statement in response to the decision by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to permit a Development Consent Order (DCO) application from RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) to proceed to the next stage.

Trevor Cartner, director, Stone Hill Park Ltd, said: “We respect this decision and believe that it provides an opportunity to resolve things once and for all.

“By advancing to the examination stage, this will not only end uncertainty for us, but also the people of Thanet for whom the Manston issue has dragged on for too long.

“Stone Hill Park Ltd (SHPL) will contest the DCO application and any subsequent hearing rigorously. We remain convinced that we will win, as the DCO proposition being advanced by RSP just doesn’t stack up.

“In particular, the Planning Inspectorate has noted some omissions and discrepancies in the information provided in the application. These concern outstanding financial matters, as well as the environmental effects of RSP’s proposed development.

“The quicker the DCO process is dealt with, the sooner we can get on delivering the homes, jobs and leisure facilities that will help to kickstart the economy of Thanet as a whole.

“Our planning application, now in the hands of Thanet District Council, offers a realistic and deliverable plan, that includes aviation heritage attractions and acres of open space that will do a lot more than a cargo airport to celebrate Manston’s past.”

Stone Hill Park Ltd’s enhanced planning application is now available to view in full on the planning portal of Thanet District Council’s website, along with a full suite of documentation, including extensive environmental and transport assessments.

To access visit www.thanet.gov.uk, click through to the planning portal and enter reference OL/TH/18/0660 when prompted.