Kemps Farm is located to the north west of South Ockendon in Essex and is bounded to the north by open fields, whilst the Romford to Grays branch line forms the site’s eastern boundary. To the south east of the side is an industrial estate, and to the west of the site is the restored Belhus landfill site. It is a 60-hectare site comprises flat, open agricultural land.
The project involves extracting the mineral reserve and then restoring the land using suitable inert material back to agricultural use.
Historical borehole logs show the description as 0.5 metres depth of topsoil, 0.3 metres of sandy clay, 1.5 metres of loamy sand, 0.6 metres of brown clay, 2.1 metres of clay gravel and 1.5 metres of blue clay. The groundwater level is between 1.8 and 3.6 metres below the surface.
Planning is again, at a very early stage but the plan is to extract the saleable mineral reserve which is believed to be around 1.2 million tonnes. The site will then be restored using imported suitable reclamation material to restore the land back to productive farm acreage.