Driver, who previously supported the retention of the airport, but then changed his mind in favour of a mixed use commercial and housing development on the former airport site said “I believe that the plans submitted by Stone Hill Park provide the best option for the site. The proposals will create hundreds of desperately needed jobs and training opportunities for local people and will promote more inward investment and regeneration opportunities which is just what Thanet needs right now”“This is a very large brownfield site and the location of housing on the site, including urgently needed social rented housing, will reduce the growing pressure to sell off prime agricultural land for development. I have met with Stone Hill Park on several occasions and have stressed the importance of ensuring that their development is environmentally friendly making use of solar, water re-use, and insulation technologies and properly integrating their development into Thanet’s public transport network and providing safe walking and cycling routes. They gave me the impression that they were very serious about the environmental impact and sustainability of their development and I for one, will be keeping a close a watch on their plans and pulling them up if they try to sell Thanet short”.
“Although I understand that many people will be saddened and frustrated by the AVIA report we all have to accept that we live in a rapidly changing world and we need to adapt. But one thing is for sure, just as Manston played a massively important role in the history of Thanet, so it will play an equally important role in shaping for the future of Thanet for our children and grand-children”Link to the full AVIA report here