Planning applications have to be decided in accordance with the development plan, unless there is a very good reason not to do so.
The development plan in Thurrock is made up of the following national and local policy documents:
- National planning policy framework
- National planning policy for waste
- Planning policy for traveller sites
- Planning practice guidance
Supplementary planning documents:
A new Local Plan
In February 2014, Council decided to start work on a new Local Plan.
The new Local Plan will set out the amount of development for Thurrock, and its distribution across the borough. It will be a comprehensive long-term planning framework.
Policies within the current Core Strategy will continue to be used in decision making until the new Local Plan for Thurrock is adopted. As work on the new plan progresses, however, emerging policies could start to influence decisions on planning applications.