Committee invited to give view on plans for 20 sites in borough – but is it just a box-ticking exercise on decisions already made?

THURROCK Council has confirmed it has identified a much-loved patch of open space in Corringham as one of 20 areas it is considering developing for housing.

Residents in Corringham have long expressed fears that the site will be developed and in a report going to the council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee next week the site off Springhouse Road is listed as suitable for 55 homes.

In total the council is putting forward 19 other sites – including the demolition of part of its own civic offices in Grays and the building of 82 units. Selling the units is expected to generate the revenue to cover the estimated £10 million build of a new extension on the site adjoing the High Street.

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