THE future shape of the borough is up for discussion as residents are asked to make their voices heard on a consultation on a new local plan.
Cllr Richard Speight, portfolio holder for regeneration, launched the latest consultation on the Thurrock Local Plan when he was speaking at Wednesday (24 February) evening’s meeting of the council.
He said: “I think this will be one of the most thorough-going and inclusive consultations I’ve seen in my time on the council with drop-in roadshows, resident and business panels to consider in more depth the ideas that come forward.”
And he stressed: “This really is a vital document for the future of the borough, I hope that tonight we can kick off the consultation and hear what the residents of Thurrock want the future of this borough to be.”
He said: “There are two documents this paper proposes to put out to consultation. The first is the stage 1 Issues and Options paper that takes a broad-brush look at the issues around Thurrock’s regeneration.
“It asks the big questions that we need to answered about Thurrock’s future – what do we want the borough to look like in 30 years’ time, what are local areas missing, how can development unlock missed potential, how can development proceed in a way that is sensitive to the concerns of existing communities?
“The second is the draft design strategy, which sets out our aspirations for quality design here in the borough.
“There has been of late some very high-quality design in the borough, the new Seabrooke Rise development visibly changing the landscape in Grays and Gloriana’s St Chad’s School site proposals a notable award winner.
“But we can also all of us identify historic developments in the borough that fall short of our expectations. This design strategy will put in place the guidelines and criteria that our planning officers and planning committee members need to improve the quality of our residential, commercial and industrial developments.”
The Local Plan will set out the policies for development in the borough up to 2035 and speaking after the debate, Cllr Speight said: “We want everyone to engage with us on preparing the Local Plan, from this Issues and Options stage right through to the final preparation.
“There are a number of ways you can get involved or comment. You can join the Local Plan Residents’ Forum we have set up, you can also have your say on the council’s consultation portal, or you can check the council website and information feeds, where we regularly post updates.”
The consultation is launched on Friday, 26 February and further information is available from thurrock.gov.uk/localplan
Details of planned roadshows on the Local Plan are below. Further dates are expected to be added as the consultation continues.
Tuesday, 8 March, 9am to 5pm -Tilbury Children’s Centre
Wednesday, 9 March, 9am to 5pm – South Ockendon Centre
Friday, 11 March 9am to 4:30pm – Stanford-le-Hope Children’s Centre
Tuesday, 15 March, 10am to 6:30pm – Corringham Library
Friday, 18 March, 2pm to 7pm – Orsett Churches Centre
Tuesday, 22 March, 9am to 5pm – Aveley Community Hub
Thursday, 24 March, noon to 6:30pm – Chadwell St Mary Centre
Tuesday, 29 March, 10am to 6pm – St Stephen’s Church, Purfleet
Thursday, 31 March, 10am to 5pm – East Tilbury Library