Purfleet centre regeneration gets go-ahead for 61 new family homes

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The first phase of the £1bn regeneration of the town centre will create a gateway to the wider masterplan, connecting existing Purfleet with the new development

The project is being delivered by joint venture partners, Swan Housing Association and Urban Catalyst, which together form Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL).

Outline planning permission for the £1bn masterplan was granted by Thurrock Council in April last year.

Phase one

The regeneration will consist of 61 high-quality family homes. There will be a mix of spacious two, three and four-bedroom homes, is close to the railway station, with access to both the town centre and wider community spaces.

Up to 30% of the homes will be available to purchase under the Government’s Shared Ownership scheme, which aims to make getting on the housing ladder more affordable.

This phase will also include a children’s play area, orchard walk and reinstate public access to Hollow Woods, and will form part of the 2.36-hectare development which has been designed to enhance the green links to Purfleet’s Conservation Area.

A minimum of 94 parking spaces, equating to 1.5 spaces per household. While much of the existing woodland will be retained so residents can enjoy the green space with the aim of creating a healthier, more active community.

These new homes form part of the £1bn planned regeneration of the town centre that will see PCRL, with local partner Thurrock Council, create a vibrant centre with shops, community amenities including a new health centre, improved railways and transport facilities, housing and job opportunities.

PCRL’s ambitious regeneration plans also encompass a state-of-the-art media village and entertainment studios, with the vision for Purfleet, which is already home to the High House Production Park, to become an international creative hub within the Thames Gateway.

Creating a thriving Purfleet for everyone

Sir Tim Laurence, chairman of PCRL, said: “We are excited to commence this project, which will form part of the wider regeneration of Purfleet, creating a vibrant place for people to live, work, learn, socialise and invest, and which is in harmony with its natural surroundings.

“The first phase is an opportunity to demonstrate PCRL’s commitment to realising our ambitious plans and to repaying the trust that the local community have placed in us.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with local residents, who have provided vital local knowledge and support in the development of our masterplan, to create a thriving Purfleet for everyone.”

Leader of Thurrock Council, councillor Rob Gledhill said: “The recently approved application will also create a significant area of public open space and play facilities for the benefit of new and existing residents, all of this along with 61 houses is showing we will put infrastructure before expansion.”

Work on the 61 homes is due to commence in spring/summer 2020.

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