Plans for Thurrock Innovation Centre submitted

PRELIMINARY plans for a Thurrock Innovation and Technology Centre have been submitted.

Eurovia UK Ltd wants to build a two storey office block and laboratory on land off Burnley Road, West Thurrock.

A new access road will be built to the site where the company already operates a road surfacing company.

The proposed development will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The application says this is due to the need for the laboratory to be available to assist the Eurovia’s other developments located adjacent to the site and provide welfare facilities for these employees.

It is expected to create 40 full time jobs.

The company specialises in paving with bituminous materials.
Mark Coxshall, councillor responsible for regeneration, strategic planning and external relations, welcomed the application.

He said: “They already have a company there. Their business is new and quieter technology for road surfaces.

“It’s really good news. It’s very encouraging and shows Thurrock is always open for business.”

The applicant said the development will create “significant environmental effects” but any forthcoming planning application will include studies on visual impact. The site is within an industrial area related predominantly to oil and chemical storage and there are no residential areas near to it.

The application said: “The possible effects on highways and traffic are limited as the proposed development primarily includes the use of private cars with staff attending the facility on a daily basis and visitors attending on an occasional basis.

“There will be a small number of HGV’s and commercial vehicles on an annual basis associated with deliveries but these will be minimal.”

A separate scoping application has been submitted to the council for the construction of and operation of an asphalt plant and road planings recycling facility, ancillary facilities and access on land also off Burnley Road, adjacent to the Vopak Oil Terminal.

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