Plans submitted for Essex logistics park on former oil refinery

An outline planning application has been submitted to Thurrock Council seeking permission for a 480,000 square metre commercial development on a former oil refinery in the Thames Estuary.

A visualisation of the proposed Thames Enterprise Park in Thurrock
A visualisation of the proposed Thames Enterprise Park in Thurrock

Thames Enterprise Park, a joint venture between Greenergy and iSec, is proposing to build a logistics park on the 167 hectare site of the former Coryton Oil Refinery.

The proposed park would be divided into four industry-specific elements: a food hub; an energy hub; an amenity hub and a sustainable industries hub.

A design and access statement submitted in support of the application describes the proposed scheme as "a large scale master-planned employment scheme, complementing the neighbouring Thames Oilport and London Gateway".

It adds: "The distinct nature of the site’s history, its vast size and its multi-modal offer, allows something unique to be created with a range of uses considered as compatible and complementary to the surrounding area."

The site is about 50km east of central London and, according to the applicant, offers direct access to the Thames, a rail freight interchange and road links to the capital.

The Thurrock Economic Growth Strategy recognises the site as a "strategic employment hub" that is appropriate for logistics, port, energy and advanced manufacturing uses.

Planning consent has already been secured for the remediation of a first phase of about 40 hectares, which is due to commence later this year.

Barton Willmore is acting as planning consultant for the scheme.

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