Uniper to build MedwayOne on the site of Kingsnorth Power Station on the Hoo Peninsula, creating 2,000 jobs

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More than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created after plans to redevelop a power station were given the green light.

German company Uniper has asked Medway Council to create a 315,000m² development on the site of the former Kingsnorth factory on the Hoo Peninsula.

An architect’s impression of what the MedwayOne site of the former Kingsnorth Power Station might look like. Photo: Barton Willmore

The coal and oil plant was decommissioned in December 2012.

The new site – called MedwayOne – will include storage, data center, truck fleet and manufacturing space.

The claimant claims the site will generate £44m a year when completed and attract long-term investment to the towns.

Bosses also said it would create 700 jobs during construction and 2,055 afterwards.

One element of the program will be energy from a waste treatment plant that will be used to power the development.

Kingsnorth power station set to be redeveloped
Kingsnorth power station set to be redeveloped

The plans were reviewed at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

Although some councilors welcomed the return to use of the brownfield site, some were concerned about the impact on the environment and traffic.

Labor advisers requested more time to resolve these issues, but this request was denied.

Cllr Stephen Hubbard (Lab) said road improvements proposed in the council’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) plans may not go far enough to meet the amount of traffic the site could generate.

Among the measures proposed so far are the creation of a new junction on the A289 Hasted Road and improvements to Woodfield Way.

The demolition of one of the smokestacks at Kingsnorth Power Station in 2018
The demolition of one of the smokestacks at Kingsnorth Power Station in 2018

He said: “The biggest problem on this app site is traffic to the site.

“We know that the A228 is a single entry route and a single exit route.”

Committee chair Cllr Diane Chambers (Con) said: “There will always be traffic implications, but there are also comments about accommodation going to Hoo.

“It would seem that the most sustainable approach is that if there is housing in Hoo, there are also jobs in Hoo and I think you have to make sure that these things evolve in tandem.

“We owe it to the people of Medway to make sure we provide them with the opportunity to have a job for years to come.”

The proposals were adopted with a margin of one vote.

Cllr Diane Chambers.  Photo: Medway Council
Cllr Diane Chambers. Photo: Medway Council

The plant’s chimney was demolished in 2018 following the plant’s closure six years earlier.

The station was commissioned in the early 1970s and was capable of generating up to 1320 MW of electricity, enough electricity to power over one million homes and businesses.

It closed in December 2012, after reaching an operating threshold of 20,000 hours set by an EU directive.

In 2010, energy company E.ON suspended plans to build a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, forcing the government to drop its proposals for a new coal-fired power station park.

More than a third of UK electricity was generated by coal in 2007, but by 2017 that figure had fallen to just 7%.

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