Friday, December 8, 2023

Residents encouraged to have their say on the future of Thurrock

RESIDENTS can have their say on how the borough grows and develops by taking part in the ‘Your Place, Your Voice’ consultation.

The public consultation is the latest phase in the development of the borough’s Local Plan, which will shape future development in Thurrock over the plan period up to 2040.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: “With billions of pounds of investment planned for Thurrock we know that the borough has an exciting future and we want to make sure that Thurrock is a great place to live, work and play.

“It is important that residents have their say on how we should shape development in Thurrock, so I encourage everyone to engage with the consultation process and help the Council understand what matters most to you.”

During the first phase of the plan nine growth areas were highlighted. Consultation events and drop-in sessions took place in Aveley, as part of a pilot between Thurrock Council and The Prince’s Foundation in 2019.

Following the success of those events the approach has now been broadened to the other eight areas identified: South Ockendon, Horndon on the Hill, Stanford-le-Hope, Corringham, Orsett, East Tilbury, Bulphan, and Chadwell St Mary.

The potential for growth in other parts of the borough, including existing town centres such as Grays and Tilbury as well as new developments in West Horndon and the Lakeside Basin will also be considered as part of the Local Plan process.

Residents can have their say by taking part in the borough-wide Your Place, Your Voice online consultation or by attending one of the local drop-in sessions which will take place in the eight growth areas.

The next sessions will be held in South Ockendon, taking place on:

•           Tuesday 7 December, 5pm-9pm – The Brandon Groves Community Club

•           Saturday 11 December, 11am-3pm – Belhus Library

Those who do not live in one of the identified growth areas can also have their say by going to comments section of the consultation website at


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