Several years of considered planning and careful negotiation have laid the foundations for Thurrock’s new Community Hospital and other improved community facilities.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation is working in partnership with NHS South West Essex (the local Primary Care Trust) and Thurrock Council to deliver this facility on the edge of Grays town centre adjacent to the Hogg Lane roundabout. The PCT will be responsible for the construction of the Community Hospital, on the site to be assembled by the Development Corporation.

The Corporation has been in negotiation with current known occupiers of the site and, as is usual in this type of site assembly, has promoted a Compulsory Purchase Order. Following a Public Inquiry in November last year, the Secretary of State has now confirmed that the Development Corporation can proceed with the Order, which will allow completion of the site assembly.

Work has already started on clearing part of the site, with the demolition of the former Territorial Army Centre. However demolition is only part of the process. Young people who use the Centre through the army, air, and sea cadets will be relocated to a new, purpose built facility on the edge of the site, as part of the regeneration project.

Also getting a new state-of-the-art building is the Royal Mail, which currently has a Delivery Office and Collection Point, on the site. The Royal Mail will be re-housed in a new purpose-built facility enabling the construction of the Community Hospital to proceed.

Over the coming weeks the Development Corporation expects to receive planning applications for the proposed new Delivery Office and Cadets Centre and for the associated improvements to the access road which serves the site.