MORE than 6,000 people living in Thurrock are to be asked to take part in a housing survey over the coming weeks.
The results will be used to help Thurrock Council develop its housing strategy and planning policies to ensure people living in the borough have the range of homes necessary to meet their needs.
All councils are required to have a clear understanding of housing requirements and to carry out such a survey every few years.
The survey will ask people to comment on topics such as whether their current accommodation is adequate and what they think their future housing requirements will be.
Cllr Lynn Worrall, the council’s portfolio holder for housing said: “Over the years we have made clear that we want to make sure Thurrock people have the best possible housing choices.
“It’s not been easy, but with projects like Gloriana and the new homes on Seabrooke Rise, we’re starting to get things moving.”
She added: “The next 12 months will see further developments of this kind, but it is so important that we know what local people believe their needs will be.
“Thurrock Council’s housing team takes no major steps without fully consulting local people and that’s why I would urge anyone who receives a survey to please spare some time to complete it.
“The more returned surveys we receive, the deeper our understanding of the current housing needs will be; the more surveys we get back the better we will be able to plan for the future.”
The council has appointed researchers David Couttie Associates (DCA) to carry out and analyse the research on its behalf. They will be sending out more than 6,000 surveys to a random selection of households across the borough.