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Jobs hope as commercial development agreed
3:00pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
THURROCK Council’s planning committee has welcomed an application which could see up to 400 new jobs created in the borough.
Applicants Bericote Properties and RREEF UK industrial Property Fund want to build a commercial development at the former Seaborne Containers site in Oliver Road, West Thurrock.
The committee heard there were no occupiers earmarked for the site yet, but the applicants were confident planning permission would encourage potential businesses.
They estimate it could create 350 to 400 full-time jobs when up and running.
Labour Cllr Martin Healy, pictured above right, said: “I like this actually, I like the way the applicant has come forward openly. I welcome the investment.”
Conservative Cllr Phil Anderson was also on board with the bid.
He said: “This is a well thought through and credible bid to bring employment and regeneration to Thurrock.”
Planning officers were also in support of the application and recommended it for approval.
A report to councillors said: “The application site is identified as falling within an industrial and commercial area and the employment proposed would comply with national, regional and local planning policies.
“This application will create additional employment opportunities and assist in the regeneration and growth targets for the borough.” The report did add that the application was for outline permission only.
It was unanimously approved.