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Announcement from the Development Corporation

A recent Government review of Development Corporations, concluded this month,  has resulted in a long term future being secured for the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s regeneration work in Thurrock. The review’s findings and conclusions were announced by Communities and Local Government on Thursday, 14th January and the Ministerial statement can be found on the CLG website here: http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/citiesandregions/1432930.

The review, concluded in January, confirmed that the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation – previously a limited life body - will become part of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from April 2011. The statement said:

“The review has demonstrated Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (TTGDC) to be an effective organisation well liked by its stakeholders and on the point of delivering real change.”

This positive decision about the Corporation’s future will mean we can benefit from the resources and expertise of the largest regeneration agency in Western Europe and our work, which was due to conclude in 2014 with the closure of the Corporation, will now continue indefinitely. We will continue to operate out of the Corporation’s existing offices in Thurrock, retaining a local base in the Borough.

The announcement therefore provides a framework for safeguarding the delivery of our major projects, such as the creation of a new centre for Purfleet and the Royal Opera House Production Park.

It also ensures the continuation of the planning function of the Corporation, which acts as the local planning authority for the determination of major planning applications. This will ensure we can continue to move ahead with plans for future projects vital for Thurrock’s economy, such as the proposed expansion of the Port of Tilbury and at Lakeside and the major new London Gateway port, which will benefit our local economy, the Thames Gateway and the UK.

If you have any questions please contact Juliet Sychrava, Marketing and Communications Director.

 

Thurrock Thames Gateway is pleased to attach the views of local Thurrock organisations and those that work with us to the Government review of Development Corporations, please click here to view them.