Planning policy monitoring

Retail monitoring

We monitor the numbers of empty retail units in Thurrock's town centres and neighbourbourhoods, and also changes to the total retail floorspace.

Vacancy rates

We checked the status of retail units in December 2016 and June 2017. The following retail unit vacancy rates were recorded.

Centre Vacant units DecemberĀ 2016 Vacant units JuneĀ 2017
Grays Town Centre 13 (5.7%) 13 (5.7%)
Aveley local centre 3 (12.5%) 3 (12.5%)
South Ockendon local centre 9 (18.8%) 8 (16.7%)
Corringham local centre 3 (4.9%) 2 (3.3%)
Socketts Heath local centre 3 (8.3%) 3 (8.3%)
Stanford-le-Hope Local Centre 11 (11.2%) 9 (9.2%)
Tilbury local centre 12 (14.0%) 15 (18.3%)

Retail floorspace

The tables below show the change in retail floorspace as a result of planning applications completed from 2015 to 2017. There are separate tables for:

  • Grays Town Centre
  • other local centres combined

Changes to retail floorspace in Grays Town Centre are as follows.

Retail use class Change in floorspace (square metres)
A1 -534
A2 -65
A3 495
A5 0
Total change -104

Changes to retail floorspace in other centre are as follows.

Retail use class Change in floorspace (square metres)
A1 -149
A2 -0
A3 100
A5 45
Total change -4