Manston Airport

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Manston Airport

Received 03 September 2018
From Alan Michael Stuart

Representation

I own property in Thanet and wish to object to the building of any housing on the Manston Airport site. The greater surface area of Manston is not a brownfield site. The development of the un-surfaced areas would detract from the Thanet as a whole. Further there is insufficient local industry to support large scale private housing without the full development of Manston Airport as a fully licensed commercial airport for both passenger and freight transport. Thanet enjoys well used transport links to the capital, but these cannot sustain the increase in load that would be required. It would be necessary to develop high speed rail links to the capital and also increase the capacity of both the M2 and the A299 if the airport was to expand to the point of being considered as an alternative to the existing airports serving London. That Manston is one of the widest runways in Europe and one of the longest in the UK represents a structure which should be developed to function as a primary point of arrival and departure for the UK. The population of Kent is approaching two million people, 4% of the population of England, that population should have access to an International airport that easily is accessible without having to access and circumnavigate the congested London peripheral motorways.