“PURFLEET will be transformed,” said Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent on Thursday (14 January) after the development agreement between the council and the Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd was signed.
The agreed proposals include around 2,500 homes, 600,000ft2 film and television studios, a new primary school, a new health centre, new shops, removing the level crossing and a brand new railway station.
Cllr Kent said: “There has been an unbelievable amount of work which has gone into creating these plans both by the council and PCRL and their partners.
“This is a really exciting time and over the next few years we will see Purfleet emerge as a wonderful new town centre with top-quality modern facilities.
“And when I say exciting, I mean exciting for people who live and work here now, not just the newcomers. People living in Purfleet today will benefit from all the new facilities, including a new school, a health centre, new shops, and not having to wait at the level crossing to get in and out of town.”
The council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, Cllr Richard Speight, added: “People often talk down our borough and our plans, but no more.
“The development agreement has now been signed by all the parties, the legal processes are over and over 2016 we will see all the planning applications coming through and some remedial work being carried out.
“But in 2017 the first phase will start to rise – and that includes the school, the health centre and the supermarket.
“We will also see access to the Thames being opened up in this phase of the development as well as hundreds of riverside homes, new public squares, new streets, new pathways, new right of ways, and new publicly accessible open spaces.”
Ken Dytor, managing director of Urban Catalyst and joint founder of PCRL added: “Our number one focus is on creating a genuinely accessible and life-changing scheme, providing affordable homes for families and a mix of uses in a true sustainable environment.
“The support of Thurrock Council in creating this scheme is creating a new standard in public private partnership.”
Cllr Kent said: “We have seen the new jobs being created at London Gateway and the Port of Tilbury; we have seen real improvements to Grays; we will see major and exciting changes at Lakeside and at the Thames Enterprise Park and, of course, we have created a thriving cultural hub at High House in Purfleet and now we can start setting out the timeline for bringing change to the rest of Purfleet.”