Plans approved for £1bn Purfleet regeneration project in Essex, UK

WCN Editorial Team 29 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL), a joint venture of Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association, has secured outline planning permission from Thurrock Council for its £1bn Purfleet regeneration project in Essex, UK.

The plan includes the development of nearly 2,850 homes alongside shops, restaurants, a medical centre and community facilities. It also includes a new town centre with upgraded rail station and improved riverside areas.

Approved by Thurrock Council's planning committee, the project will also feature a new primary school, a media village along with new parks and leisure spaces.

The art media village will be a 1,000,000ft2 film, TV and creative industries complex and is expected to create nearly 2,000 high value jobs for local people. The creative industries are set to contribute more than £100bn annually to the UK economy, said the housing association.

PCRL chairman Sir Tim Laurence said: “We are thrilled our Purfleet regeneration proposals have been approved, creating thousands of much needed homes, significant additional employment and supporting long-term growth in Thurrock.

“We look forward to moving onto the next phase working in partnership with Thurrock Council.”

The housing association said that the residents of Purfleet project will benefit from an upgraded railway station and transport facilities, with Purfleet less than a 30-minute train ride from central London, plus a new health centre and two new schools.

Swan Housing Association CEO John Synnuck said: “At Swan we've spent the last 25 years helping people feel at home. Our commitment to continuing to improve the lives of the communities we work with is unwavering.

“Last night's approval of our plans for the regeneration of Purfleet 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.”

Thurrock Council stated the first reserved matters planning application for 61 homes has already been submitted and is anticipated to be revealed this summer


Image: PCRL’s proposed new town centre in Purfleet. Photo: Courtesy of Swan Housing Association.

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