New Local Plan for Thurrock

Local Green Spaces

We are working on a new Local Plan that will shape the development of Thurrock up to the year 2040. Within the Local Plan, we will identify on a map ('designate') green areas for special protection.

Local Green Space designation is a way to provide special protection against development for green areas of particular importance to local communities.

An area can be designated a Local Green Space if:

  • the land is not subject of a planning permission for development
  • the space is not allocated or proposed for development in the Local Plan
  • the space is not an extensive tract of land and is local in character
  • the space is within close proximity of the community it serves
  • the space is demonstrably special to the local community and holds particular local significance

Local Green Space call for sites

Between Monday 24 January 2022 and Sunday 6 March 2022 we invited communities to suggest sites to be designated as a Local Green Space. We also invited comments on our draft Local Green Space guidance.

Our Local Green Space call for sites is now closed.

Assessing sites and comments

We will assess all sites put forward as part of the new Local Plan. For each site put forward, we will:

  • consider all evidence submitted against the 5 points listed above
  • make a judgement as to whether we will propose the site as a Local Green Space
  • give clear reasons for our judgement

We may not give the site a Local Green Space designation if it is already has one or more designation giving it sufficient protection.

We will review all comments on our draft Local Green Space guidance, and use them to update the draft guidance where appropriate.