Outline planning has been granted by Thurrock Council for the regeneration of Purfleet in Essex, a small town on the banks of the River Thames.

The application which includes a 93,000 square metre film and TV studio, in addition to 2,850 homes, shops, restaurants, a medical centre, two schools and other community facilities was approved by Thurrock’s planning committee. It is hoped the plans will create around 2,200 new jobs for the area.

The Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL) is a joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association.

It is also expected that 50% of the proposed new homes will be modular in construction thanks to Swan Housing’s focus on modular systems.

Ken Dytor, PCRL founder and executive chairman of Urban Catalyst said “The approval is the result of many years of work and has been shaped by our detailed engagement with the local community and stakeholders, who we listened carefully to in drawing up our forward-thinking social infrastructure-led proposals that promote health, education and employment.”

Chief executive of Swan Housing Association, John Synnuck, is looking forward to progressing the project. He 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”.

He also added “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.”

For more information visit the Purfleet Centre Regeneration website.

30 April 2019