Manston Airport - Information Updates


Manston Airport - Change of use Public Hearing

Thanet District Council has been notified by the Planning Inspectorate that the scheduled appeal hearing due to take place Wednesday 13 July has now been cancelled. The appeal hearing was to consider four planning applications to change the use of buildings on the Manston Airport site to non-aviation uses.

The council was notified by the Inspectorate late yesterday (Monday 11 July).

The Planning Inspectorate has decided that the appeal will now proceed as a Public Inquiry.

The council understands that this decision was made on the basis that the ‘matters are too complex and controversial to proceed by way of a Hearing’. The Inspector also felt ‘the evidence will need to be properly tested through formal questioning’ and cited the ‘likely number of participants’ as other reasons why a Hearing procedure would not be suitable.

A date for the inquiry has not yet been set by the Inspectorate.

All correspondence previously submitted will still be considered as part of the new Inquiry process.

The council understands that the Planning Inspectorate has directly contacted all of those due to take part in the hearing to inform them of the cancellation.


Manston Airport Planning Application

To help you understand the Manston Airport planning application we have put together some frequently asked questions.


Manston Airport Planning Application

On 31 May 2016 Thanet District Council received the formal planning application for the redevelopment of the Manston Airport site from Stone Hill Park Ltd. The council’s planning department will process the application, which will take up to five working days, before it becomes available to view on the public website ( The supporting documents for the application can be found using the reference number OL/TH/16/0550.

Interested parties will have the opportunity to provide feedback, through the online portal, from 7 June 2016 until 8 July 2016 initially - the council expects additional documents to be added during the consideration of the application. The application is expected to be discussed at the planning committee at the end of the year.


Soft Market Testing Outcomes

The council recently carried out a soft market testing exercise to seek interest in becoming an indemnity partner for the compulsory acquisition of Manston Airport.

A Prior Information Notice (PIN) calling for expressions of interest was published in the Office Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on Friday 15 January.

Parties had until Tuesday 9 February to register their interest. A total of five expressions of interest were received by this deadline.

The interested parties then had until Friday 12 February to submit responses to a follow up questionnaire. These questions were posed to operators in the market to establish the extent of their interest, capacity and capability. A total of three valid submissions were received.

The findings of this exercise can be found here.

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