Company News

February 21

Tilbury2 Granted DCO Consent

Great News! The Tilbury 2 DCO project was awarded consent this week to build an extension to the existing port. Tilbury 2 will be the UK’s largest unaccompanied ferry port and the country’s biggest construction processing hub. It will be built on a site covering in excess of 150 acres, which was part of the location of the former Tilbury Power Station. Ardent are proud to have been involved through the promotion of this project including Land Referencing, application document production (Book of Reference, Land Plans, Special Category Land Plans) valuation and landowner consultation. On to the next stages!

February 18

Preferred Route Announcement – A428 – Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Great news for Highways England, Aecom and Ardent as the Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) is made today!

Ardent have been providing land services on the new highway Development Consent Order (DCO) project since May 2016. The long awaited PRA unlocks the next phases of work including the full Land Referencing process to inform the S44 consultation list and further detailed landowner engagement. The Milton Keynes office are driving the bulk of the work on this project and are ideally located for easy access to the project. The DCO application is expected to be submitted in early 2020 with formal consultation taking place in summer 2019.

February 17

CPA Annual Dinner

Thursday 7th February 2019 saw a number of Ardent staff dust off their finest attire and head to the Grand Connaught Rooms in London for the Annual CPA Dinner. As usual Ardent had a table with 5 members of the Ardent Compulsory Purchase Team accompanied by 5 client guests. Also in attendance were 3 other Senior Directors taking up their places as guests on various planning Lawyer’s tables.

December 6

NIPA Annual Dinner

Ardent had a very enjoyable evening at the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA) annual dinner on Thursday 22nd November catching up with clients and fellow consultants. This year’s event was held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. The guest speaker at the event was Professor Sadie Morgan. The black tie event was attended by 10 members of the Ardent team with representatives from all 5 of our offices. Mike, Carl, Nick and Charlotte were the most photogenic of our attendees…


November 21

Thurrock Flexible Generation Plant – 42nd DCO!

Ardent have been instructed by Thurrock Power Limited (a subsidiary of Statera Energy Limited) to carry out full land referencing services for their Thurrock Flexible Generation Park Project. This is Ardent’s 42nd DCO involvement! The client is proposing to build and operate a flexible generation and battery storage power plant, in East Thurrock, Essex. The proposed development will provide up to 600 megawatts of electrical generation capacity on a fast response basis when called for by the National Grid, together with up to 150 megawatts of battery storage capacity.

As the generating capacity of the proposed development exceeds 50 megawatts, it falls within the definition of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project for which an application for Development Consent Order (DCO) is required under the Planning Act 2008 (the Act). Pete Gibbard is leading the project team with assistance from Nick Dexter, Antonia Pagonis, Laura Crumpton and Jack Bramley. Timescales are challenging and the team is working hard to deliver the usual high standards on schedule.

November 21

Cory Riverside Energy – Riverside Energy Park

Ardent were appointed in March 2018 on a further energy DCO. After 9 months hard work, the application for the DCO for Cory Riverside Energy Park was submitted on the 16th of November. The Energy Park will comprise an integrated range of technologies including: waste energy recovery, anaerobic digestion, solar panels and battery storage.

Ardent were tasked with the land referencing work stream (delivering the S44 list, Book of Reference, Land Plans, Special Category Plans, and inputs to the SoR) and delivered ahead of schedule. Additional services, which include landowner negotiations and valuations along with CPO strategy advice, are ongoing in attempts to secure all the necessary land and rights by agreement. Ardent are now gearing up for the next stage of the project with s.56 notices and on into the examination. Well done to all the team for the efforts to date!