new jobs and new prospects for the people of Thurrock, housing and
planning minister Keith Hill said today.
of Lords last night (see LGCnet), approval in the commons having been given on 15
October. It will have the power to make key regeneration decisions in
the town to drive development and growth.
Keith Hill said:
'This is a big step forward in delivering the communities plan in the
Thames Gateway. There's been a lot of talk about regenerating
Thurrock, this will turn words into action.
'Thurrock is a key area of the Thames Gateway and we need to make
sure we get the homes and jobs the community needs. In the process of
setting up the UDC we asked the people of Thurrock what they wanted
to see. They told us it must work for the whole community, and that's
what it must do.'
Will McKee will chair the UDC.
Mr McKee said:
'Thurrock has huge potential to develop, thanks to the availability
of brownfield land, its proximity to London, and in no small part to
the hard work and enthusiasm of the local community. This UDC will
make that development happen.'
A public consultation took place between 16 April and 23 May to
establish the boundaries and powers of the UDC.
Andy Smith, leader of Thurrock BC and chair of the Thames
Gateway South Essex Partnership said:
'The creation of a Thurrock UDC is a goal that the council has been
actively pursuing over the last year. It will provide the focus,
drive and funding necessary for the physical and social regeneration
of the borough.
'This will range from the provision of much-needed housing for local
people and key workers, the creation of new job opportunities and the
expansion and improvement of the local health, education and
transport infrastruc ture.'
1. The deputy prime minister set out an action programme to deliver
sustainable communities for all on 5 February 2003. In this the DPM
announced the proposals for the Thurrock UDC.
2. The aim of establishing a UDC for Thurrock is to tackle a wide
range of environmental, social, economic and physical problems which
are currently holding back the housing and economic growth of the
3. Will McKee was appointed chair designate of the UDC on 21