Speeding up regeneration

POLITICIANS across the political divide came together to support the latest proposals for the London Gateway, DP World development.

The first steps towards creating the London Gateway, Local Development Order were unanimously agreed by members.

Proposing the plan, portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Andy Smith, said: “To help in the speeding up of new investment in Thurrock, the council and development corporation have been working with DP World to find innovative ways of removing unnecessary delay and bureaucracy from the planning process when dealing with individual buildings on the site..”

He added: “The Order will need to be properly assessed through environmental legislation and be subject to conditions and Section 106 agreements to protect local people and amenities.”

Cllr Smith explained the proposal “simply allows the director to start to prepare the Order” and that it would come back to council before going any further.

He said: “I have asked the director to ensure that all people having an interest in the preparation of the Order are also briefed about its contents while it is being prepared.”

Cllr Garry Hague, the shadow portfolio holder, added that London Gateway will create thousands of jobs a massive port and a huge logistics hub “at the heart of the UK’s economic and population centre”.

He said: “Most importantly it is in Thurrock and it is a key element of Thurrock’s regeneration strategy, supporting our vision for Thurrock.

“We now have the opportunity to re-visit the planning framework and procedures to get these right for Thurrock and to support the successful development of the port in a sustainable manner.”

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