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Government give support to massive plans for Purfleet

THURROCK Council Leader John Kent has welcomed today’s announcement (Thursday, 29 January) that the government has given its support to the Purfleet Centre regeneration scheme.

Government Chief Whip, Michael Gove joined South East Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Peter Jones and Cllr Kent, at High House Production Park in Purfleet to announce successful projects in the Local Growth Fund.

He announced £4.6 million from the second round of the Local Growth Fund from the total allocated to South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) projects with Purfleet being the flagship.

Cllr Kent said: “The plans for Purfleet, including the television and film studios and 3,000 homes are breath-taking and today’s announcement brings it a step closer – it should be something that excites everyone in the borough.

“Choosing Purfleet and Thurrock as the launch venue for the second time sends a very powerful message about the government’s commitment and support to our growth proposals and to Thames Gateway South Essex as a vital partnership within the Local Enterprise Partnership – especially with the first round being launched at London Gateway port last summer.”

Cllr Kent added: “I really welcome the Purfleet news as it is of course a key project for us in Thurrock, however that delight is tinged with a little disappointment that our £12 million bid for Lakeside is not mentioned.

“We’ll try again as creating a new public transport hub at Lakeside plays a very important role in our effort to create a town centre there and to regenerate the borough as a whole.”

Cllr Kent said: “Since selecting Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd as its preferred development partner, a great deal of work has been done behind the scenes to shape the development and to secure the investment finance that will get it off the ground.

“This Local Growth Fund money comes at a crucial time in our partner’s negotiations with several investors and follows the success we have had in getting the project identified for £20 million worth of low cost finance from the Homes and Communities Agency.”

He said: “The Purfleet scheme is one of the most exciting and transformational across the whole South East, with world class television and film studios being at the heart of it, along with up to 3,000 homes, a new town centre, community facilities and a new station for the town.

“The studios build on the centre of cultural excellence we already have at the nearby High House Production Park and will further consolidate Purfleet and Thurrock as one of the most important centres for the creative industries in the country.”

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