Opportunity Knocks for Canvey Island, whilst Castle Point mainland left Neglected again?

Lucky Canvey Island appears to be at the Opportunity End of Industrial Employment Opportunities!

Planning to Neglect the mainland part of Castle Point in favour of Canvey Island, despite consultants challenging evidence, cpbc look intent on giving the green light to employment planning proposals for large scale development.

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An investment opportunity

This should be seen as a Good News Story not only for the employment opportunity but also the status quo protection of land on the mainland.

The cpbc Annual Monitoring current report indicates Extant permissions for Industrial growth proposals distributed across the Borough thus;

Canvey Island: 45,724 square Metres

Mainland: 3,380 square Metres

Admittedly this may mean a loss of open green space.

Signs so far also indicate that with cpbc promising a high end retail element of take up, minimum wage employment and high traffic usage by deliveries and visitors causing some air pollution and road congestion, may result.

However cpbc must be commended for their bravery in insisting that Canvey Island is the place to develop!

This in the face of their consultants guidance and recommendations;

The main supply of industrial sites is in Canvey Island, away from strategic roads and the areas of stronger demand. Castle Point also has very limited provision for small, start-up businesses compared with adjoining boroughs.

….around 72% of the employment land area is located within the Canvey Island area, with some 27% in Thundersley, and less than 1% within the South Benfleet and Hadleigh urban areas.

Over 90% of the borough’s allocated employment land is in Canvey Island with limited supply elsewhere to meet future demand. The Borough’s two allocated sites South of Northwick Road and Roscommon Way appear reasonably suited to meet future needs although their proximity to the Thames estuary, relative remoteness and potential drainage issues may deter development.

….there may be a qualitative need for some more sites that are readily available and better located to strategic roads and population centres in the north of the Borough.   Such sites might also have better prospects of attracting developers.

It would appear difficult to achieve any sizeable reduction in out-commuting in Castle Point. However, various approaches could help avoid the situation worsening These would include providing some more immediately available industrial sites in the north of the borough, near strategic roads.

….it is not obvious that a new road access to Canvey Island could enable the area to benefit to a much greater extent from the major port and distribution development at London Gateway in Thurrock.  The cost of such infrastructure would also need to be weighed against the scale of economic benefits likely to accrue to Canvey Island, and the extent of these do not appear likely to be major.

The main supply of industrial sites is in Canvey Island, which is away from strategic roads and the areas of stronger demand.

It would appear difficult to achieve any sizeable reduction in out-commuting in Castle Point. However, various approaches could help avoid the situation worsening…. These would include providing some more immediately available industrial sites in the north of the borough, near strategic roads

 

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3 responses to “Opportunity Knocks for Canvey Island, whilst Castle Point mainland left Neglected again?

  1. HERE WE GO AGAIN, DUMP IT ALL ON CANVEY AND NO THIRD ROAD. SOUNDS VERY APPROPRIATE FOR CPBC.

  2. When consulting on the planning application for :- Coryton Asset Ltd Offices at Former Petroplus Refinery the Manorway Coryton
    The CPBC Planning Case officer commented as follows.

    Impact on Air Quality
    The prevailing winds on Canvey Island come from the south-west. They therefore pass over the proposed development site before reaching the ecologically sensitive and residential areas of the island. Remediation and construction works spanning over a fifteen year period could potentially result in significant dust generation which could be deposited on these areas to the detriment of ecology and residential amenity. This Authority would therefore request that consideration is given to the potential for particulates/odour/noise to drift eastwards from the site across to Canvey Island and the potential impact on local air quality and amenity.

    Will the same concerns be expressed when considering industrial development on Canvey Island or is Canvey a Special Case.

  3. Air Quality
    I recently conducted sampling of the Air quality in Benfleet, using a kit purchased from Friends of the Earth, which are helping to build a picture of air pollution across the UK, and are part of a national investigation FOTE are running with King’s College London.
    The results make frightening reading., 57.8 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

    This is above the level at which the annual legal limit is set.

    The European Union has set the legal limit for NO2 pollution at an annual mean of 40µg/m3.

    Which means that during the time the air monitoring tube was up, NO2 pollution levels were above the level at which the annual legal limit is set.
    What will the levels be once the Thames Gateway Port is fully operational and 8000 diesel polluting vehicles are entering and leaving each day?

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