Avalanche of applications as Development Corporation nears its end.

THE MONTHLY meetings of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporations (DC) are usually around an hour long. Concise, tightly chaired by Bill Samuel and specific in its brief.

But Monday’s meeting stretched to nearly three hours.

It appears that a number of developers are keen to submit applications in the knowledge that the DC will cease to exist from April 2012.

Infact there were twenty items on the agenda. No great controversies: a reception at Proctor and Gamble, the number of social housing units at the Pullman Tavern conversion in Grays; the Rainbow Shaw Tip, the expansion of the roadway at DP World London Gateway; social housing near Arisdale Avenue in South Ockendon and quite a few others.

There was a spat between Vopak and Goodmans (Daily Mail) which we will report on at length later.

But it may be something to keep an eye on as the DC transfer planning powers back to the council.

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