ABP to turn former Tioxide site in Grimsby into giant car park

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Apr 2017

The derelict former Tioxide site in Grimsby has been bought by ABP.

The site is to be transformed into a storage facility for vehicle imports and exports, it has been confirmed.

The Moody Lane site will be capable of holding up to 15,200 cars and could create 24 full-time jobs.

Titanium dioxide was manufactured at the site from the 1940s until production ceased in March, 2009.

RPM Industrial Services Ltd two years ago purchased the extensive site, demolished the buildings and iconic chimney stack, fully cleaning the land for future use, two years ago.

The iconic chimney was demolished in June 2015.

In April 2016, they were successful in gaining planning permission to erect 18 light industrial/commercial units and a cafe on part of the land. This also includes a corporate training facility.

RPM then sold the remaining land to ABP, which has submitted plans for the site.

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The new planning application submitted on behalf of ABP, by AECOM Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, will see some of the 41.90 hectares utilised for "storage and distribution of vehicles associated with import/export activities at the Port of Grimsby."

The existing number of spaces is stated as 300 but the total proposed is for 15,200.

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The total area of the development comprises approximately 30ha on the former Tioxide site and approximately 4ha on the former sports field south of Moody Lane, which is no longer used.

Part of the planning submission states: "An initial 16.2ha (40 acres) will be developed to enable the Port to offer longer-term storage to existing customers who currently use other Port facilities as a short-term layover/stopping-off facility for vehicle import/export, and hence improve supply chain integration.

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"This will result in no net increase in traffic other than on a very local scale (on Moody Lane, along which vehicles will move between the Port and the application site).

"Specifically no increase in transporter volumes will be experienced, and the drivers that are currently moving these vehicles between ship and storage areas are already employed. Only a few individual security personnel will be appointed.

"The remaining 18.6ha (46 acres) of the operational area will be developed to expand the Port's vehicle handling capacity, and will represent new vehicle movements and additional staff (approximately 16 drivers and additional security staff).

"This area will handle approximately 1,656 new vehicles a week, resulting in approximately 27 additional transporter movements per day."

Part of the site, includes a 5ha triangle of land in the northern corner, will be retained for use by birds - notably curlew. This and the north and west boundary strips are proposed to be managed to create habitat to mitigate for the loss of a portion of a Local Wildlife Site (LWS).

It is proposed to construct a bund within the 5ha triangle area to prevent operation of the proposed development disturbing birds. It is also proposed to open up habitat associated with the perimeter drainage ditches to improve their suitability for water vole.

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