Is Rochford District Open For Business?

Back in September 2018 a planning application was submitted for the Michelins Farm site for a new industrial park. Consisting of class use B1, B2 & B8

Application Reference:18/01022/OUT
Planning Portal Reference Number:PP-07356052
Address Of Proposal:Michelin Farm, Arterial Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7NG
Proposal:Hybrid planning application: full planning application for erection of buildings for use within Classes B1(c), B2 and B8 with access and servicing arrangements, car parking, landscaping, drainage features and associated highway works (Phase 1); outline planning application for up to 33,500 square metres of employment uses (Classes B1(c), B2 and B8) including means of access with all other matters reserved (Phase 2).

B1(c): Light industry appropriate in a residential area. … B2 (General Industrial) Use for industrial process other than one falling within class B1 (excluding incineration purposes, chemical treatment or landfill or hazardous waste). B1; B8. B8 (Storage and Distribution)


This was on the site (or nearby) of the allocated traveller site that still hasn’t been delivered and this application may be the saviour to the Tories promises of delivering a site in that location. However there doesn’t appear to be must haste about it. We’ve not seen it come to development committee yet.

Do you think that Rayleigh needs a new industrial park? Let us know in the comments below

  • Honestly, anything is better than what is there today. I would support anything being done to improve the space. It is currently an absolute disgrace to Rayleigh. I go past it on the train every day and its a complete dumping ground. It’s the new Rayleigh Dump Site. Its so seriously full of rubbish and I’m sure its getting worse. I complained to the council years ago and of they are couldn’t sort it without spending 000’s of tax payers money and it was a condition of a buyer to clean the space up. Maybe just move Castle Road site there and be done!