THE work put in to creating the London Gateway Logistics Park Local Development Order was recognised on Monday (23 June) evening.
Thurrock Council won the Outstanding Planning to Deliver Growth and Employment at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence, held at the Shaw Theatre in the Pullman, London, on Monday.
The award was collected by Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for transport and regeneration, and director of planning and transportation David Bull.
Cllr Smith – who had introduced the item at a special meeting of Thurrock Council in November last year – said: “The importance of this Order was recognised by the council, which unanimously endorsed it at a special meeting and by the government which officially endorsed it in two days, a remarkable turn-around time.
“The fact that the RTPI has also recognised the team’s superb work is the icing on the cake and it highlights the success and the professionalism of our planners – they’re among the best in the country according to their peers.”
He added: “This streamlined planning system will lead to up to 13,000 new jobs over the next ten years and I’m confident it will help ensure there will be continuous private investment in the logistics park and in Thurrock for decades to come.”