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Isle of Grain
The former BP oil refinery site on the Isle of Grain has a deep
water frontage to the Medway Estuary and rail access.
It is largely vacant but includes Thamesport, the third largest
container port in the UK and fastest growing container port in the
south-east, with a capacity of 400,000 containers a year (currently
operational at 200,000).
A 385-hectare site is available for employment uses.
The principal landowners are Lattice Property Holdings and
Thamesport (Hutchinson Port Holdings).
The planning position
The Thames Gateway Planning Framework identifies the Isle of
Grain as an important opportunity for industrial development and
further port expansion. In the local plan, the land is allocated for general
industrial use (B2) and warehousing (B8), subject to improvements
in the local road system.
The 1997 first review of the local plan encourages landowners to
market the site as a strategic opportunity for a range of
industrial uses, while seeking to allow for future port
Current activities and opportunities
Lattice Property Holdings has recently prepared a marketing
brief and is seeking to put together a development plan.
- Improvements to the A228 and rail link are essential to realise
the site’s full potential.
- Contributions will be needed towards road and rail
- Development must not encroach on or adversely affect sites of
special scientific interest and special protection areas.
- Contamination issues need to be addressed if the site is to
maximise its development potential.
- Improvements to the rail infrastructure are needed to encourage
the maximum use of rail for the movement of freight.
- Medway Council, partner organisations and other stakeholders
are investigating the best ways to continue regeneration of this
Download maps and a plan
of the Isle of Grain site (pdf 1,025KB).