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NEW UDC FOR THURROCK WILL DELIVER HOMES AND JOBS

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The new Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will deliver new homes, ...
The new Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will deliver new homes,

new jobs and new prospects for the people of Thurrock, housing and

planning minister Keith Hill said today.

The UDC starts life officially today following approval in the House

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.'

Notes

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

area.

3. Will McKee was appointed chair designate of the UDC on 21

October.

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