RSP to present to Kent County Council

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) are set to finally get the chance to present their proposals to Kent councillors at County Hall in Maidstone this month.

The news comes nearly two months after RSP were due to present to Kent County Council, but were cancelled when representatives from Stone Hill Park pulled out of their presentation at the same meeting.

The decision at the time angered Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale, who said KCC lacked “courage”, adding that Dover District Council had received a presentation from RSP back in July, without an accompanying exhibition by the SHP team.

The presentations will take place on Tuesday 21st November, where Stone Hill Park will also present their plans.

In other news:

A lawyer for SHP has sent a 41-page letter to PINS, decrying why RSP’s planned application should not be accepted, and demanding compensation for having to fight the proposals.  In it, their plan for 2,500 houses on Manston Airport increases to a capacity of around 4,000.

RSP lawyers Bircham Dyson Bell responded to PINS in kind, stating that SHP’s comments were moot point, as their application has not yet been submitted, and it is for Secretary of State to decide the application, and not the premature claims of the landowner that an interested party is being unreasonable.

They finished the letter with a point that all parties need to remember:

“When Stone Hill Park Ltd’s plans for the site are described, they appear to be in a significant state of flux.  Various elements from the dormant planning application made in May 2016 seem to have removed in favour of the potential for additional housing, for which they rely heavily on the emerging local plan.  As you will be aware, as recently as July this year a planning inspector ruled that ‘little weight’ should be given to it, when dismissing an appeal made by Stone Hill Park Ltd, and the existing local plan policy is consistent with national aviation policy.  The emerging local plan is not scheduled to be adopted until the end of 2019, and may well be delayed beyond then.  Stone Hill Park Ltd, and RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd, would therefore be wrong to rely on it.”

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