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 for NPF3 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 and proposed plan due to be published May 2018. Main Issues Report consultation completed. An outline business case is being developed for a Falkirk – Grangemouth Investment Zone with completion due by the end of September March for submission to government thereafter.

Road improvements are progressing as part of the Falkirk Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme; M9 junction 6 on- and off-slip signaling and roundabout widening completed June 2014.

Falkirk 1Falkirk 2

Improvement work to M9 Junction 5 (phase1) will commence in Spring Autumn 2018 with advanced utility diversion/protection works progressing during 2017/18spring/summer 2018. The main roads contract involves the signalisation of the M9 Junction 5 Roundabout (Cadgers Brae) and will be a similar treatment to the completed M9 Junction 6 improvements. Improvement works to the A904/A9 Westfield Roundabout are expected during 2018/192019/20 providing additional time to allow forcomplete 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 completioncomplete, with further works currently being carried out in industrial sites (Ineos, Petroineos, BP, etc) nearing completion. Ground investigation works  along the estuary/coast line are currently programmed for 2018/19. Natura 2000 environmental surveys have commenced and the next stage is option appraisal including stakeholder consultation is nearing completion – public and community consultation will commence in March 2018 and the outline design stage has started. The submission of the scheme to Scottish Government is expected in Autumn 20182019.

Grangemouth rail line freight

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.

Grangemouth energy projct

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.


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 which is now subject to an appeal. INESOINEOS  announced that it willhas acquired acquire the North Sea forties pipeline system and Kinneil Terminal from BP. An application has also been made for a new CHP plant on Bo’ness Road which will replace existing plant and augment the remaining CHP plant.

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 at the Earlsgate Park site. Celtic Renewables have also been granted consent for a biofuels demonstration plant on the Earlsgate Park site.

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