The Tilbury2 project constitutes the construction on the site of the disused Tilbury power station of the following elements:
- A new ‘Roll-on/Roll-off’ (RoRo) terminal for importing and exporting containers and trailers
- A Construction Materials and Aggregate Terminal (‘CMAT’) for importing and processing bulk construction materials
- Areas of external storage for a variety of other goods such as new cars.
New rail sidings and a new link road will also be constructed to connect to the existing transport networks. The present favoured option for this road and rail provision is between Ferry Road and Fort Road along the southern side of the existing railway line. The road and railway line would cross the existing common land.
The existing jetty on the river will be lengthened to accommodate three vessels at any one time and the onward transportation of goods by barge to London.
The Port does not need to acquire any residential properties as part of its proposals for the Tilbury2 project. The Port is therefore not seeking any powers of compulsory purchase over residential properties.
The Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) is an entirely separate scheme from Tilbury2. Tilbury2 does not rely on LTC and Tilbury2 does not have any bearing on whether or not LTC will occur. The LTC is being separately proposed by Highways England.
Due to the lack of detail currently available as to the full nature of the LTC project, including any eastern access to Tilbury, it will also not be included within the cumulative assessments for Tilbury2 for the reasons set out at paragraphs 2.50 - 2.56 of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), available as part of the statutory consultation materials.
As part of the process to seek authorisation for Tilbury2, Port of Tilbury London Limited (PoTLL) is required to identify all parties that own or occupy property that may be affected by the proposed construction and use of Tilbury2. Ardent Management Limited, a specialist company, has been appointed by Port of Tilbury London Limited to do this on its behalf. This exercise is known as land referencing. As part of that exercise, Ardent will write to you to ensure that they understand the nature of your property interest.
PoTLL also has to carry out a number of public consultations.
This is all done to enable you to be able to comment on the draft proposals, and to engage in the planning process for Tilbury2.
Receiving a letter from Ardent does not mean that your property will be required - no residential properties will be compulsorily acquired as part of the Tilbury2 proposals. If the value of your land or property is affected by the operation or construction of Tilbury2, you may be able to claim compensation for the reduction in value in due course.
Residential properties have received letters if their property is considered to be potentially eligible to make a claim under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. Such claims can be made where a project causes a loss of value to a property as a result of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting and the discharge of any solid or liquid substance (the latter of which is not currently anticipated to occur as a result of Tilbury2).
At this stage we are still assessing what the effects of Tilbury2 may be on properties in the area and full environmental impact assessment will be carried out. At the moment, you have been contacted to ensure that you can participate in the consultation process which will inform that assessment.
No development is planned on the Kent side of the River Thames. You have received a letter for the reasons given above.
As discussed above, some properties may be eligible for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1973 as a result of the Tilbury2 proposals. There is no entitlement to compensation until a reduction in the value of your property has occurred by reason of the factors set out above. A special court, the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal, ultimately has jurisdiction to decide whether or not you are entitled to compensation. For further enquiries in relation to compensation please contact Ardent, who are dealing with these matters for the port at this stage. The details for contact are Charlotte Potts on firstname.lastname@example.org or Luke Tully on email@example.com.
For more information please see this document: Guide to claims for loss of property value arising from Tilbury2
The red line crosses north of the railway line in order to provide sufficient space to allow for potential signage, lighting and related construction activities that may be required as a result of the proposed new bridge on Fort Road (which passes over the new Tilbury2 access road, rail sidings and existing rail line). The extent of this provision is being discussed with Thurrock Council. However, it is the case that this land will only be required temporarily during construction and will not be required during operation. Apart from the new bridge, all the permanent road and rail works will be to the south of the existing railway line.
The new road will be single carriageway in each direction.
The RoRo berth is expected to receive two vessels per day which equates to 1452 movements per year. These movements are envisaged to be downstream.
The aggregate berth (import) is expected to receive 20 vessels per annum which equates to 40 movements per year. These movements are envisaged to be downstream.
The aggregate berth (export) is expected to receive 150 vessels per annum which equates to 300 movements per year. These movements are envisaged to be upstream.
The total number of additional vessel movements equates to 1792 per annum.
As with any port, the number of ship movements may vary over time.
Owing to a lack of facilities on the northern side of the Thames, there is a huge demand for these facilities with increasing construction projects that are independent of the Forth Ports group; these facilities will help supply this demand.
Whilst the operation of a new CMAT will create more localised dust than currently exists given that the site is presently disused the EIA process for Tilbury2 will include a full assessment of the impact of such operational dust emissions arising from the CMAT, as well as potential mitigation measures to reduce any effects that likely to arise. The background detail for this assessment is set out at Chapter 18 of the PEIR.
The existing Fort Road is not capable of safely accommodating the volume and type of traffic associated with Tilbury2. Even with improved carriageway width the current alignment of Fort Road would not meet modern design standards and would not be suitable as an access route to Tilbury2. Various options for new and/or improved roads have been considered to access Tilbury2. Full details will be set out in the Transport Assessment with the application. Assessed against a range of criteria the proposed link road would provide a safe and suitable access for Tilbury2.
As set out at paragraphs 14.26 and 14.27 of the PEIR, it is not anticipated that there will be any direct impacts on the ferry arising from the construction and operation of Tilbury2. The ferry operates from the existing Port of Tilbury and will continue to do so.
The Anglian Water site, except its jetty, is not affected by the Tilbury2 proposals, and will continue to be owned and operated by Anglian Water. Complaints about odour from Tilbury Sewage Treatment Works should be reported to the Environment Agency 0800 807 060 and Anglian Water 08457 145 145.
The Two Forts Walk will still be able to used, including by the Tilbury2 site, although there may be some temporary diversions during the construction period. Port of Tilbury London Limited is also in discussions with Thurrock Council as to improvements to the public realm in the area.