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£1bn Purfleet regeneration approved

Words: Laura Edgar
London Road - Gateway, Purfleet

Thurrock Council’s planning committee has granted outline planning permission to £1 billion proposals that aim to deliver more than 2,500 homes and regenerate Purfleet town.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL), which is a joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association, submitted the plans for Purfleet on Thames. Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, husband of the Princess Royal, chairs PCRL.

The plans comprise:

  • up to 2,850 homes;
  • shops, restaurants, a medical centre and community facilities;
  • a new town centre with upgrades to the rail station and improved riverside area;
  • a new primary school;
  • a 1,000,000 square feet media village with art, film and TV studios; and
  • new parks and leisure spaces.

The permission is subject to PCRL reaching an agreement on detail with the council and stakeholders.

Ken Dytor, PCRL founder and executive chairman of Urban Catalyst said: “This development will tap into the power of culture, creative industries and healthy living. The approval is the result of many years of work and has been shaped by our detailed engagement with the local community and stakeholders, who we listened carefully to in drawing up our forward-thinking social infrastructure-led proposals that promote health, education and employment.”

John Synnuck, chief executive at Swan Housing Association, said the approval of the homes “reflects both our long-term relationship with Thurrock Council, which is at the heart of PCRL’s delivery strategy, and our engagement with the local community”.

“We will now all work together to create a thriving environment that provides much-needed new homes and services, alongside significant employment and educational opportunities for the local community.”

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