A wildlife charity has lost its appeal in the High Court to prevent Goodman from developing a conservation site in the Thames Gateway.

Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust, had appealed against Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s decision to allow Rosemound, a Goodman subsidiary, to develop 450,000 sq ft of industrial and distribution property.

The site had been selected by the Royal Mail for a distribution hub, but it later dropped plans to move to the site.

However Buglife continued with its objection to Thurrock’s decision order to try and prevent the 100 acre site being developed.

A High Court judge today rejected Buglife’s appeal.

Goodman said it only plans to develop a quarter of the site with the rest of the site set aside for ‘ecological preservation and improvement.’

In a statement it also said it would now start marketing the site to a potential occupier before developing the land.