Port of Tilbury’s plans for a new port terminal at Thurrock have now been submitted to planners.
The Port of Tilbury, has submitted an application for a development consent order for the 152-acre site which was part of the former Tilbury Power Station.
The application comes as iSec prepare for a January 2018 planning application for the 4m sq ft Thames Enterprise Park on the site of the former Coryton oil terminal.
Development director Mike Forster says they hope for outline planning consent by summer 2018. “We are already in discussions with food distributors for the site,” he said.
Tilbury2 is central to the Port of Tilbury’s £1bn investment programme, 2012-20. This investment also includes the UK's largest warehouse at the port’s second extension site — the 70-acre London Distribution Park — for Amazon UK, which began operating this autumn.
Tilbury has doubled the size of its business in the past ten years and is projected to double the volume across the quay (from 16million to 32million tonnes) and triple the direct employment (from 3,500 to 12,000 jobs) over the next 10-15 years.
The new terminal is expected to be operational by spring 2020 and will act as a satellite of the main port of Tilbury. It includes a roll on/roll off ferry terminal.
Forth Ports Ltd owns and operates Tilbury, alongside seven other commercial ports on the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay: Grangemouth, Dundee, Leith, Rosyth, Methil, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy.