11. Grangemouth Investment Zone

Grangemouth Investment Zone is a nationally significant site for industry and freight. There is a need for further upgrading of freight handling facilities to enhance business activity on the site, flood defences to improve the resilience of the site and protect its industrial use, and improved transport links to assist with logistics and minimise the impact of industrial traffic on the surrounding community. During the lifetime of NPF3 we expect proposals to progress, with additional funding having been made available through Falkirk Council’s Tax Incremental Financing scheme. Continued partnership working will support delivery, and help to manage impacts on the local community and sensitive environment of the Forth Estuary.

Implementation Lead(s): Forth Ports, Landowners, Falkirk Council

Locations: Business and industrial areas to the west, north and east of Grangemouth.

Further reading:
Falkirk Council Local Development Plan
Main Issues Report Local Development Plan 2
Forth Ports

Environmental Mitigation:  Project level EIA will be undertaken as required. The SEA  identified the importance of considering impacts of development and associated transportation activity on air quality, population and health. Continuing coordination of development in the area will be required. Project level Habitats Regulation Appraisal will be required and the mitigation included in the Habitats Regulation Appraisal Record should be used to inform planning processes and be applied as appropriate.

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
Falkirk Local Development Plan 2 under preparation. Main Issues Report (MIR) consultation 10th February 2017 to 5th May 2017.

Road improvements progressing as part of Falkirk Tax Incremental Financing scheme;  M9 junction 6 on- and off-slip signalling and roundabout widening completed June 2014. Improvement work to M9 Junction 5 (phase1) will commence in Autumn 2017. This work involves the signalisation of the M9 Junction 5 Roundabout (Cadgers Brae) and will be a similar treatment to the recently completed M9 Junction 6 improvements. Improvement works to A904/A9 Westfield Roundabout are expected during 2018/19 providing additional time to allow for further design work on the connectivity of all forms of transport at this important junction between the Gateway/Stadium/Helix/ sites.

Preliminary studies to bring forward new flood defences – hydraulic modelling complete and existing assets surveyed and condition rated. Extensive ground investigation along the Rivers Carron & Avon are nearing completion, with further works required within industrial sites and along the estuary/coast line for 2017/18. Natura 2000 environmental surveys have commenced and the next stage is option appraisal. The submission of the scheme to Scottish Government is expected in Autumn 2018.

The Grangemouth rail line freight electrification project is still being planned by Network Rail but will be funded from the Scottish strategic rail freight investment fund. The works will be carried out as part of the EGIP stage 2 Grahamston Line Electrification works in 2018.

A801 Avon Gorge link project is ’shovel ready’. Falkirk Tax Incremental Finance scheme contribution has been identified and programmed. Funding options for West Lothian Council and Scottish Government are being explored. The scheme will be considered in the Scottish Government Strategic Transport Review.

Work is being undertaken on a Grangemouth Energy Project involving Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Falkirk Council and industry partners. A business case for development of an integrated district heat network to benefit industry and the wider Grangemouth community is being progressed.

Forth Ports has recently modernised its fleet of forklift trucks as part of its investment in increasing capacity for the storage of containers to 12,000 TEUs – a 50% increase since 2005. The company has also commissioned a feasibility study into deepening the shipping channel within the port to handle larger vessels.

BP has received consent to proceed with a proposed new energy centre for their Kinneil Facility in Grangemouth and all planning conditions have now been purified.

INEOS has completed the construction of a new HQ building on their Grangemouth site along with the construction of the largest ethane tank in Europe. A masterplan has been developed for the wider site with around 200 acres to be made available for industrial co-location. An application has been made to erect gatehouses, a security building and fencing, and five pipe bridges on the A904 Bo’ness Road between the Inchara Roundabout and the River Avon bridge.

An energy from waste CHP plant has been consented on Earlsgate Business Park replacing CalaChem’s existing gas powered plant. This will provide lower carbon heat and power to CalaChem and other business users. Earlsgate Park site.

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