Future of the Bata factory goes to public consultation

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s plans for the future of the Bata Factory site in East Tilbury will be going out to public consultation from 23rd May to 20th June 2011, inclusive.

The former Bata Factory (also known as the Thames Industrial Park) is an important heritage asset but is underused and many of the existing buildings are in need of maintenance and restoration.

The draft Bata Factory Design Brief indicates the potential of the site illustrating how plans to reuse the buildings, with complementary new development, could enhance the site and contribute to the regeneration of the wider area by delivering essential infrastructure.

The draft Brief follows on from the approved South East Thurrock Master Plan which proposes that the former Bata buildings should be restored to provide new homes, jobs and community functions in a landscaped setting.

This consultation may be viewed by logging onto: www.thurrocktgdc.org.uk and following links for the Bata Factory Design Brief public consultation. A paper copy of the document is also available at East Tilbury Library which is open:

– Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
– Friday 2pm-6pm
– Saturday 10am-1pm

The Library is closed Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.

Once the Development Corporation has received all feedback from the public, appropriate changes will be made to the Brief and the final version will be published later this year. .

Dean Harris, Planner/Urban Designer for Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation said: “The Bata Factory site in East Tilbury is an important, historical site for Thurrock. The Development Corporation has been, and is, working hard with the site owners, their agents and the community to restore the site whilst improving the surrounding area and delivering essential infrastructure.”

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