Thurrock Council's planning team has been recognised as one of the best in the country after being announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence for 2019.
These are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Thurrock is among those shortlisted in the Local Authority Planning Team of the Year category, with the winner set to be revealed during a ceremony in London on Wednesday 24 April.
The council is described as having "one of the fastest, most accessible and proactive planning services in the country, building strong relationships with developers and driving investment across the borough".
Cllr Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "Our planning team take a thorough and professional approach to everything they do, and being announced as a finalist in the Local Authority Planning Team of the Year is testament to all of their hard work.
"The team continue to be among the best in the country at determining planning applications within nationally-set targets and an impressive eight in ten applications in Thurrock are approved.
"We are all very proud of their achievements and wish them the best of luck ahead of the ceremony in April."
RTPI President, Ian Tant MRTPI said: "Many congratulations to all this year's finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment.
"They have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society."