The team is also in the top 3% of planning authorities in terms of timeliness of decisions made and the strong links it has with the development industry. Its forward thinking and commercial awareness helps to drive continued investment into the borough.
Cllr Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "The planning team take a professional approach to everything they do so it is no surprise to find out they are amongst the very best local planning authorities and are in the top four in the country. Their proactive approach and the robust pre-planning advice service they offer are key to their continued success.
"The team are not only a credit to Thurrock Council, they are important in driving investment into the borough. When developers know they have a planning department they can work with they are more likely to build and invest here."