THURROCK Council has launched a borough-wide public engagement process asking residents to continue to help shape growth where they live, work and play, as part of the development of a new Local Plan.
The consultation will be used to collate the views of residents and businesses on how land use development will take place in the borough to support the future needs of Thurrock. This is the next step in the process following the recent ‘Your Place, Your Voice’ events and is designed to help create bespoke blueprints, shaped by the community, for the new Thurrock Plan.
As part of this commitment to early engagement, the council has partnered with The Prince’s Foundation to deliver its BIMBY toolkit. BIMBY stands for Beauty in My Back Yard. It is the toolkit designed and delivered by The Prince’s Foundation which enables communities, organisations, and local authorities to create collaborative design and development principles for a local area.
The first part in this process is a survey, which will run until 31 January 2021. Feedback can be provided at thurrockyourplaceyourvoice.co.uk and will be followed by events in starting in New Year and running throughout 2021, the format of which will be dependent on government restrictions in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: “With £20 billion of planned investment in new jobs, homes and infrastructure, there is no limit to our ambition and determination to make Thurrock a great place to live, work and play.
“Local communities have to be at the heart of what we do. It is essential that we take the public with us as. Working with The Prince’s Foundation, we want our local community to help us shape where they live, work and play. We need to residents to tell us where community and workspaces, schools, parks, roads, play areas, homes for our children should be built, and what they should look like. That way we can ensure we build the right homes in the right places with the right infrastructure to meet the needs of us all, now and in the future.”
For more information and to provide feedback, please visit www.thurrockyourplaceyourvoice.co.uk
Should you or someone you know not have access to the internet, but wish to get involved, please freephone 0800 048 7072 and someone will be able to assist with either a postal survey or feedback can be provided over the phone.