The Port of Tilbury is proposing to expand the existing operations at the port by incorporating a new site – known as TILBURY2 – on part of the former Tilbury Power Station, some 1km east of the existing port. The proposal also includes rail and road links to improve access to the site.
The project is still in its early stages but due to its size, it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and so will require a Development Consent Order (DCO) in accordance with the Planning Act 2008. Port of Tilbury London Limited is intending to submit a DCO application in autumn 2017.
If successful, the DCO will include the grant of powers which will enable Port of Tilbury to acquire the necessary interests in and rights over land in order to construct, maintain and operate TILBURY2.
As part of the DCO process, the port is contacting by letter this week land owners and all others who have a land interest that may be affected by construction or operation of the scheme. This is standard practice in order to obtain land ownership and occupation information and mainly relates to the proposed new infrastructure corridor running parallel to the railway, which is proposed to bring improved road and rail links to the area.
The non-statutory/informal consultation for TILBURY2 runs until 21 April 2017, and will be followed in summer 2017 by a statutory/formal consultation as required by the Planning Act 2008.