Taking Thurrock forward into a bright future is coming a step closer as the council’s strategic planning Core Strategy is put before the Planning Inspectorate.
Cllr Andy Smith, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, speaking before the “Examination in Public” started on Monday (14 March) at the Thurrock Hotel, said: “This is a very important time in the quest to improve Thurrock.
“We have seen the benefits of regeneration in other places across the country and we believe now is the time to ensure that Thurrock makes its mark as a place that is lively, progressive and good to live and work in.”
He said the Strategy not only “proposes significant growth in housing”, but also includes new jobs and “provides the platform for new investment in infrastructure, all of which will create the conditions for the improvement in the quality of life for the people of Thurrock”.
Cllr Smith acknowledged that delays in getting the Strategy process completed had been frustrating, but added: “We are ready to implement it. We want to get on with delivering jobs and homes.
“Because of that strong desire, we will strengthen and improve our ability to deliver growth and we will maintain our commitment to achieve the regeneration that our investors, partners, businesses and residents deserve.”
He went on: “We have the support and confidence of our regeneration partners who are all ready to make considerable levels of investment across the borough — they are ready to invest as soon as the Strategy is approved.
“We have every confidence that this support will continue because the council has been consistent in its approach.
“The council has worked hard to produce this Strategy which marks the beginning of the regeneration of Thurrock.”