Wednesday, February 21, 2024

New planning chief at Thurrock Council

A former director with one of the country’s biggest councils has joined Thurrock and is relishing the planning and infrastructure challenges it offers.

David Bull has taken up the reins as Director of Planning and Transportation at Thurrock after completing a ten-year spell with Birmingham City Council.

Mr Bull took up his post at Thurrock on 22 August.

He was Birmingham’s Director for Sustainability, Transportation, Employment and Partnerships.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport he brings wide-ranging and extensive experience to the new Director of Planning and Transportation role in Thurrock.

Thurrock chief executive, Graham Farrant, said: “In his time at Birmingham, David led a number of high profile initiatives, working with stakeholders, politicians and ministers on projects such as: infrastructure investment on major highways, New Street Station and Metro in the City Centre; transport strategy for the Local Enterprise Partnership; the High Speed 2 rail link; and their Big City Plan and Vision for Movement, outlining how transport infrastructure which is to be used to enable development in the Enterprise Zone and across the city.

“He also had a pivotal role in securing Regional Growth Fund bids.

“All of this experience can be put to work helping Thurrock make the most of its regeneration plans – London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury, Grays town centre, Lakeside and, of course, Purfleet.”

David said: “There can be nowhere in the country where so many differing and different regeneration schemes are housed in such a compact area..

“Thurrock’s challenges are unique, wide-ranging and really exciting.

“If we get this right – and I’m sure we will – we will make Thurrock a fundamental and key part of the nation’s future. Great Britain plc needs Thurrock to be an exciting and a thriving hub for business

“But that can’t happen without the linked and necessary infrastructure in place and in place in time.

“I am determined that this will happen.”


  1. So more London immigrant overspill. More housing without infrastructure. A little bit of road widening and a fiddle with junctions. Oh good. Sounds fantastic.

  2. I fear NoVoice may be right. Thurrock has positioned itself as the number one destination to build and build and build. It has also marketed itself as a place which is happy to take a disproportionate amount of ‘overspill’ from the capital unlike Brentwood, Epping Forest, Broxbourne, Hertsmere etc all boroughs/districts which border London.

    I’m not against housing as long as it’s not on the greenbelt and know there are plenty of places in Thurrock which could do with new homes. However developers seem to miss off amenties when they build these developments.


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