Thurrock is located on the north bank of the River Thames immediately to the east of London. It has excellent transport links with London, the rest of the UK and Europe by road – via the M25 and A13 corridors – rail, river and air.
|Area||165 square kilometres|
|Green Belt land||70%|
Thurrock has a growth strategy to create 30,000 jobs by the year 2037. There are 6 major growth hubs in the borough:
- London Gateway, the world's most modern port, alongside Thames Enterprise Park, the UK's largest logistics park
- major improvement schemes in Grays, Tilbury and Lakeside
- a transformation of Purfleet that will build upon the success of the internationally-acclaimed cultural and creative industries centre at High House Production Park
Homes and houses
According to the Valuation Office, March 2016, there are 66,065 dwellings in Thurrock. The borough has a target to build 30,000 new homes by 2037 to meet the demand expected from people wanting to live here.
Thurrock has a stock of 10,000 council houses, including 1,200 sheltered and extra care homes.
House price information below is from the Land Registry Housing Price Index, July 2016. Other information comes from the national census of 2011.
|Housing status||Thurrock||East region||England|
|Rented from the council or housing association||18.4%||15.7%||17.7%|
|Average house prices||£249,803||£273,806||£232,885|
Thurrock is steeped in history. It has 2 historic forts:
- Tilbury Fort, where Queen Elizabeth I gave her famous "heart of a king" speech whilst amassing the fleet to face the Spanish Armada in 1588
- Coalhouse Fort, which was completed in 1874