Despite the site's industrial legacy and contamination, the masterplan includes areas that support local wildlife and ecology along this part of the River Thames.

The full details of the proposed methods will be set out in the planning application and will be agreed with the Council's Environmental Health team and the Environment Agency.

In April 2017, planning consent was granted to clean up around 114 acres of the site.

The consent also includes a wide variety of ecological improvements to the site, such as retaining and enhancing the Shellhaven Creek corridor as a significant ecological feature.


The scheme will include a rich variety of landscaping features. This includes:

  • An ecological contribution of circa 43 acres.

  • Grassland and wildflower planting.

  • Retention and ongoing management of existing areas of reedbed.

  • The creation of butterfly banks and habitats for invertebrates and reptiles.

The project will also enhance connections to existing walkways, cycle routes and transport infrastructure.