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Latest plans revealed for Stone Hill Park

A public consultation revealing the planned development of the former Manston airport is taking place today at the Holiday Inn Express in Ramsgate until 7pm.

The plans revealed by the Stone Hill Park owners aim to retain some former airport buildings, as well as keeping the southern runway for recreation and providing space for the existing museums to expand. They will also create a Spitfire park for planes to land during special events.

The group behind the development of the former Manston airport site has proposed integrating and retaining a number of existing buildings such as the radar and two control towers and giving them new uses.

Spokesman for Stone Hill Park Lee Winter said: “It is designed to keep hold of features linking the past and the future.

“If the radar tower falls in the parkland section then it will become a feature used in that area.

“The fire station on the site will be used as a village centre.

“More features will be revealed in the future when plans are finalised and submitted."

As well as retaining existing buildings, the plans include building 2,500 homes and providing employment opportunities to deliver around 4,000 new permanent jobs in high-value manufacturing with some storage, distribution and office uses, over the next 10 to 15 years.

In addition to homes and jobs, there will be open spaces with parks, woodland and allotments, and services including shops, a doctors surgery and pharmacy, two primary schools, community space and sports village housing swimming pools, sports pitches, courts and a track.

The plans are due to be submitted to Thanet District Council next month.

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