Thurrock Council has vowed to make sure the vital infrastructure is in place to support its ambitious regeneration plans.
The council is working closely with partners on proposed schemes across six growth areas, which will bring big infrastructure improvements to Thurrock and create thousands of new homes and jobs in the borough.
Progress continues to be made with proposed regeneration projects in Purfleet, Grays, Lakeside and Tilbury, as well as at London Gateway and Thames Enterprise Park.
In the meantime, the main on-road works to widen the A13 between the Orsett Cock roundabout and Stanford-le-Hope officially got under way this week.
Funding has also been secured for a £46million scheme to create east-facing slip roads on the A13 near Lakeside and more than £70million is being invested in creating over 3,500 new school places across the borough in the coming years.
The annual report of Cllr Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, reaffirmed the council's commitment to infrastructure improvements at a full council meeting last night (Wednesday 30 January).
Cllr Coxshall said: "Thurrock is one of the largest growth areas in the UK and we have a hugely ambitious regeneration agenda, with billion pounds of planned investment in new jobs, homes and infrastructure in the coming years.
"We are currently managing three major planning applications which alone will create about 5,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs.
"That represents a massive opportunity, and we are working hard to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support that growth and to make sure that any emerging proposals are of maximum benefit to the borough.
"The community driven, infrastructure-led approach is also underpinning our joint approach to the Local Plan. Through the Thurrock Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) consultation, we are currently asking for views on how land should be used in the longer-term to support the future needs of Thurrock. We still have some very real choices to make at this stage and this is an opportunity for people to help shape their communities. I would encourage everyone to have their say before the deadline on Friday 8 March."
For more information about the Thurrock Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) consultation, go to thurrock.gov.uk/localplan