Highways and transport
Our proposals for the site will generate very limited additional traffic on local roads. Once construction is complete, access will only be required for a small number of staff based on the site and for occasional fuel deliveries.
The site is well connected to the strategic road network, with direct access onto the A256. The A256 itself has undergone a transformation with the completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the East Kent Access Scheme. The purpose of the East Kent Access Scheme is to improve accessibility and safety. It will support the economy of East Kent and connect the Ports of Dover and Ramsgate and Kent International airport.
A Transport Assessment has been carried out in accordance with current DfT Guidance and in consultation with Kent County Council as the Highway Authority. Before starting the Transport Assessment we agreed its scope with council officers. The findings of the Transport Assessment have been submitted with the planning application together with proposals about steps we believe necessary to reduce the impact of our proposals on local transport links.
The site is very close to the Ports of Richborough and Ramsgate which offers the opportunity to transport materials by water and in doing so reduce the number of lorry movements and reduce vehicle mileage. We are currently undertaking a study to establish the feasibility of doing this. Likewise with the site being next to the existing rail network there is the potential to use rail for transporting materials to and from the site. However, this is a long term aspiration and would be subject to obtaining the correct approvals and the reinstatement of the railway sidings.