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25/03/2020

Purfleet-on-Thames regeneration gets HIF boost

Words: Laura Edgar
Purfleet-on-Thames / Geograph-4514418-by-David-Dixon

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd has welcomed the chancellor’s commitment of £75 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to the regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames town centre in Essex. 

The funding will support the replacement of a level crossing with a bridge over the railway, provision of a new health centre, river wall, drainage and other utility infrastructure. 

The £1 billion regeneration project would deliver a creative hub, a new primary school, a new town centre and 2,850 homes.

Thurrock Council, working with Purfleet Centre Regeneration, a joint venture between Swan Housing Association and Urban Catalyst, submitted the HIF bid n 2018.

The plans for the regeneration were approved in April 2019 and will be built in phases. The first phase was approved in January – it comprises 61 homes, a children’s play area and an orchard walk.

Sir Tim Laurence, chairman of Purfleet Centre Regeneration, said the allocation of money “demonstrates that infrastructure investment is not just about the big flagship projects like HS2, it’s also about making a real difference to people’s lives here in the Thames Estuary and in other regions of the UK”. 

“This is a prime example of the government, local authority and private sector working together at all levels to unlock the huge growth potential in this fast-developing area."

Image credit | Geograph - David Dixon

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