The statutory, pre-application consultation on plans to re-open Manston Airport will start on Monday 12 June, directly after the General Election.

The consultation will last for six weeks and will close on Sunday 23 July. In order to give as many local people and organisations as possible an opportunity to participate this is two weeks longer than the minimum required for statutory consultation. The consultation will also be publicised widely, via letters to those closest to the site, leaflets to those further away, and local newspapers and other media for those in the rest of Thanet and beyond.

During the consultation copies of the proposed airport masterplan, detailed research reports into the demand for Manston as an airport, the economic and social impact of reviving the airport and the Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) will all be available for inspection and comment. RiverOak Strategic Partners will also be holding consultation events across Thanet and East Kent, which anyone is welcome to attend.

The consultation is an opportunity for members of the public to scrutinise our proposals and suggest any changes to them. RiverOak Strategic Partners is also keen to hear any ideas about how to maximise the benefits to the region from reopening Manston Airport.

Full details of consultation events and how to participate in the consultation will be published in due course in local and national newspapers, online and via leaflets delivered to households in communities living around the airport.

Land referencing

In order to prepare for our application for a Development Consent Order to rebuild and reopen Manston Airport we are legally required to make a ‘diligent inquiry’ to establish who owns and occupies the land that will be affected by the project.

To that end, we have instructed land referencing specialists Mouchel to create a list of landowners and their interests, known as the ‘Book of Reference’, which will be one of the documents submitted with the application. In recent weeks, Mouchel has been sending questionnaires to properties to confirm who owns and occupies them.

This is the only purpose for which the information collected will be used: to create the Book of Reference, which is then used to contact landowners and occupiers at the time of the statutory consultation and once the application has been accepted for examination, and potentially at other times between now and a decision on the application.

By completing and returning the questionnaire, local residents can be assured that they will be included in correspondence about the application and be given a chance to participate in it. If they do not return the questionnaire, then they may not be kept up to date about the project and may miss out on the chance to have their views heard.