Councillors urge residents to sign up to consultation

CONSERVATIVE councillors from across Thurrock are urging residents to respond to a significant consultation on the development of Thurrock in the next decade.

The Strategic Planning documents outline both the broad policies that could be adopted when deciding on future developments, as well as a number of proposals for specific sites. The plans are open for consultation until Friday 1st March and any Thurrock resident can respond.

Stanford councillor Phil Anderson said “The documents that are out to consultation will have a big impact on residents in Stanford and Corringham. We’re experiencing lots of change locally, from thousands of new jobs at DP World to the upgrade to A13. We also have lots of unresolved issues, from the future of the Pegasus club to Stanhope Industrial Estate on Wharf road. This is a once in a decade chance for people to influence the strategic plans, and it’s crucial people make their views known.”

Orsett councillor Sue Little commented “The proposal for 80 new homes and a hospice in the village of Horndon is a concern. I am committed to protecting the green belt in Thurrock, and ensuring our small villages keep their traditional character. Thurrock needs a hospice, but we need to decide as a borough where the best place for it is.”

Ockendon councillor Lynn Carr added “These plans will also have a significant impact over in the west half of Thurrock. It is proposed to add over 2000 new homes in Aveley and Ockendon. This will put extra pressures on the local road network, which already struggles whenever there are problems on the M25.”

Little Thurrock councillor Rob Gledhill added “It’s important people reply to tell us what they do like, as well as what that they don’t. The plans include new and expanded schools for our growing communities, as well as upgrades to the rail network and improvements for Grays. I’m sure lots of people will support these ideas, and this consultation is an opportunity to show that.”

The Core strategy consultation can be found on the council’s website at

http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/planning/strategic/content.php?page=core_strategy
and the Site Specific policies can be found at http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/planning/strategic/content.php?page=site_specific

Both consultations close March 1st

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