LSH said the scope of the contract is still to be confirmed, but will involve site-specific planning work, largely focused on housing delivery, as well as coordinating bids for central government funding from sources including the Town Centres Fund and the Future High Streets Fund.
Other services to be provided will include acquisitions, disposals, quantity surveying and building surveying.
Neil Parlett, director of planning, development and regeneration at LSH, said: “With pressure on local authorities to quickly deliver new housing, employment, community and infrastructure schemes, there is an onus on finding innovative approaches to working collaboratively".
Mark Coxshall, cabinet member for regeneration and strategic planning at Thurrock Council, said: “It is important that the council can provide the right level of resource to be able to successfully deliver our key development programmes.”
Earlier this week, Thurrock Council secured an interim High Court injunction to prevent unauthorised works on a 40-hectare green belt site.