From “The Isle of Thanet News”:
A Public Inquiry into the change of use of four buildings at Manston airport has opened today (March 14)
The inquiry follows the refusal of one application and the non-determination by Thanet council of three others.
Lothian Shelf (718) Ltd have appealed:
- Non-determination of an application for temporary change of use – of 3 years – of Building 1 (referred to by the LPA as Building South of Terminal 1 (Hanger 1))
- Refusal of an application for the proposed change of use of Building 2 (referred to by the LPA as Building 870)
- Non-determination of an application for change of use of Building 3 (referred to by the LPA as Manston Airport Cargo Centre & Responding Vehicle Point)
- Non-determination of an application for change of use Building 4
The inquiry is being conducted by government inspector Matthew Nunn and is expected to conclude on Thursday.
This morning saw opening submissions from Neil King QC, for developers Stone Hill Park (Lothian Shelf); Suzanne Ornsby QC for RiverOak Strategic Partners and a statement from Iain Livingstone, Thanet council planning applications manager.
Submissions were also given by Dr Beau Webber, on behalf of Save Manston Airport association, Roz McIntyre for No Night Flights and aviation expert Christopher Cain.
In the afternoon, the inquiry heard from Dr Sally Dixon, and George Yerrall on behalf of RiverOak Strategic Partners Ltd.
Some videos from the first day. Unfortunately the audio quality is often poor as several of the people taking part, including the Planning Inspector are not using the microphones.