For those who have bothered to look at CGPs Application, you might have noticed TWO huge 'X' Type warehouses that are clearly intended as Chinamex's distribution centre. They are at the extreme North end of the site, closest to Acol; on agricultural land; have maximum intrusion into a rural chalk plateau view and worst of all sit on the Source Protection Zone 1 of an aquifer. A stroll around Manston last Saturday revealed oodles of space closer to the airfield that appears to be advertised for sale, but isn't included in CGP's application. Couldn't these monstrosities be placed at the South end of the site?
A reader has sent me this e-mail which is slightly confusing:
I was poring over the Local Plan map last evening whilst waiting for the football to start and noticed that the area of the Manston Business Park (the controversial China Gateway scheme site) on it is designated B1. By contrast the acknowledgement I have received from TDC in reply to my objection states the proposal is:-
Redevelopment of land for B1c, B2 and B8. The notice advertising For Sale 62 acres at the entrance to the development, not redevelopment, lists B1, B2 and B8.
Perhaps one of your regular readers can tell me when the land itself was re-designated?
Puzzled of Broadstairs"
I would be delighted if anyone can tell us what these categories mean and were they changed? If so, how and when?
Another thought crosses my mind; who actually owns what, up at Manston Business Park in the area designated as Phase 1? I was under the distinct impression that this was not a 'speculative' development but it seems that CGP and its Chinese Agents, DTZ, are trying to sell plots, as is KCC , almost as if Phase 1 Planning consent is a foregone conclusion. If anyone has some spare time, please feel free to ring and e-mail the numbers on the signs in the pics (click on pics for enlargement.) and let me know what you have been offered in terms of 'plots'.
Another source tells me that signs have been commissioned and are being made for CGP already for this industrial Estate. I have asked for more details.
Some more interesting news is that Doug Brown at TDC has been working hard and has now obtained from the 'applicants' a travel plan revision and new proposals for drainage and a water state revision. Could it be that pressure from objectors and a great deal of commonsense from Doug Brown, has started to produce more sensible, even if more costly, proposals from CGP. I hope these will be widely available on The Planning Portal so we can all see them? If not, get onto Doug Brown and ask for details.