SHP Planning Application

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Say “no” to Stone Hill Park!

The amendments to the Stone Hill Park planning application to turn Manston Airport into a 2,500+ home housing estate has again gone live on the Thanet District Council planning site.  Now is your chance to get your voice heard!

You do not have to live in Thanet to object to this planning application.  If you would rather have Manston Airport operational than see the site covered in houses, we urge you to OBJECT to this application.

Closing Date: 29th November 2017

The Planning website is:

You will need the application reference, which is: OL/TH/16/0550

We strongly recommend drafting your representation using word processing software (such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs) before copy-and-pasting into the planning website, as past experience shows the website often experiences periods of unexpected downtime.

You may also send your objections by email to:

Postal objections should be sent to:

Mr. Iain Livingstone
Planning Department
Thanet District Council
PO Box 9

Remember!  If responding by e-mail or post, you must include your full name and address.

What do I need to say?

First of all, we will not be providing a template response.  History has shown that Planning Committees do not see favourably to receiving copy-and-pasted representations, and they certainly hold less weight when it appears they are attributable to one organisation.

This will be your personal objection.  The key is to make it factual, human, but not emotive.

Any representation must be made on planning grounds, in line with the material considerations outlined below:

  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Loss of light or overshadowing
  • Parking
  • Highway safety
  • Traffic Noise
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building Design, appearance and materials
  • Government policy
  • Disabled persons’ access
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
  • Nature conservation

Issues such as loss of view, or negative effect on the value of properties are not material considerations.  This is of interesting note considering what those who are against the Airport will include in their representations.

The consultation form contains tickboxes for the material considerations, and also an option for ‘other’.  Please select all that apply for the representation that you make.

It is important to remember that the number of representations received by the local planning authority is not important.  It is the quality, rather than the quantity, of the representations that counts.  So, 1,000 representations saying “I don’t like this application” are worth less in planning terms than one well-written application that correctly cites one of the material considerations listed above.

Also remember that submitting a representation in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is deemed as shouting, and makes for a poor representation.

Your representation needs to be based on what is bad about the SHP application.  The Development Consent Order is covering bases with what is good about RiverOak Strategic Partners’ plan.

We again refer you to this useful blog by Martin Goodall:

Suggestions on Material Considerations


Overlooking/loss of privacy
Loss of light or overshadowing

You should consider:

  • Manston Airport sits on the highest point in Thanet.  Any large housing development would be visible on the skyline from all directions around the site, and will blight the views of the surrounding countryside.

You may want to mention:

  • There are insufficient council-provided parking spaces in the major Thanet towns (Margate, Ramsgate) and this will only be compounded by adding at least 3,000 extra cars (Source: 2011 Census data – 12 cars per 10 households) to the area.  In addition, the Council recently dramatically raised public car parking charges, meaning that these vehicles are likely to be parked in dangerous areas which may impact upon highway safety.
Highway safety


  • The revised Transport Assessment submitted as an amendment is flawed, because the Automatic Traffic Counts, Classified Turning Counts and Journey Time Surveys were carried out in January and February 2016, and a supplementary ANPR survey was only conducted in June 2016.  Thanet’s traffic is seasonally-affected, and suffers from heavier traffic in summer months (particularly over the summer holidays) because of the number of beaches in the area.  Therefore, any traffic model based on Winter data does not accurately reflect the true situation year-round.
Traffic Noise

Think about:

  • The extra noise from additional cars on the road.  An extra 2,500 houses would bring an additional 3,000 cars on to the roads around Manston and Thanet.  (Source: 2011 Census data – 12 cars per 10 households)
Effect on listed building and conservation area
Layout and density of building Design, appearance and materials
Government policy


  • There is no specific Government policy which dictates how many houses a local authority must build.  The Government states it is down to the local authority to decide the local house building requirement, and where this happens, it must be evidence-based (Source).
Disabled persons’ access
Proposals in the Development Plan


  • The extant Local Plan protects Manston Airport for aviation-use only.  Whilst amendments to the Draft Local Plan have gone to consultation and have been rubber stamped by Cabinet, they have not yet been approved, and so the existing plan remains.  The mere age of a plan does not mean that it loses its statutory standing as the development plan.
  • The Planning Inspectorate ruled at public inquiry that Manston Airport must remain protected for aviation use only (in an inquiry into TDC’s initial decision to refuse permission for changing use of buildings on site).  Source.
Previous planning decisions (including appeal decisions)
Nature conservation


Comments  submitted  to TDC regarding this application