THE IMPORTANCE of the London Gateway port and logistics park to the nation’s finances has been recognised by the speed in which the government supported the Local Development Order (LDO).
Thurrock Council agreed the order on Monday evening (4 November) and the agreement was couriered to Westminster on the Tuesday.
On Thursday (7 November) Thurrock Council received a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government confirming that although the Secretary of State had 21 days to consider the issue, and perhaps call it in – he did not wish to do so.
Thurrock’s portfolio holder for regeneration and transport, Cllr Andy Smith, said: “I sometimes wonder whether people realise how important this whole London Gateway development is.
“The remarkable speed with which the department and the Secretary of State supported our decision is not only almost unknown, it highlights how important the development is at a national scale.
“I have little doubt the first planning applications under this new system – they’re known as prior notifications – will be with us in days and we’re fully geared up for it.”