Stone Hill Park in it for the long haul despite local plan decision

Stone Hill Park has noted the failure by members of Thanet District Council to progress their Local Plan against independent evidence and officer advice.

Their decision on 18 January now makes it likely that the Government will carry out its threat to intervene, in order to ensure the Local Plan is progressed and national policy on housing can be delivered.

Should that happen, Stone Hill Park looks forward to working together with officers from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government alongside Thanet’s own officers and members to deliver the Government’s housing and jobs agenda.

Our plans will help address the region’s fundamental housing, employment needs and leisure needs; whereas RiverOak Strategic Partners’ DCO proposals will make them worse and force the unnecessary loss of a huge number of greenfield sites and farmland across Thanet.

We continue to progress our planning application for an enhanced masterplan for a new settlement, which will be lodged shortly incorporating the feedback from a very positive consultation process held in the run up to Christmas and the start of this year.

The enhanced plan has gained strong local support and will deliver the thousands of new homes and jobs that are needed for the community. It would also put Manston firmly on the map as a regional centre for sports, leisure and tourism with enhanced aviation heritage attractions that appropriately honour the past.

Trevor Cartner, co-owner, Stone Hill Park, said:

“We are finalising our enhanced planning application at pace which, when delivered, will build a new community at the heart of Thanet. The decision by Thanet District Council does not change this.”

“Stone Hill Park is here for the long haul, because we believe our plan is the right one for Thanet.”