First phase received planning in January this year
Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL) has welcomed the Chancellor’s pledge for £75m of Housing Infrastructure Funding to support the £1bn regeneration of Purfleet town centre.
The funding will be used to provide infrastructure including replacing the level crossing with a bridge over the railway and a new health centre, river wall, drainage and other utility infrastructure.
Sir Tim Laurence, chairman of PCRL, said: “The Chancellor’s pledge of £75m towards key elements of the regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames is a huge vote of confidence.
“It demonstrates that infrastructure investment is not just about the big flagship projects like HS2, it’s also about making a real difference to peoples’ lives here in the Thames Estuary and in other regions of the UK.”
Proposals for the redevelopment were submitted in 2018 by Thurrock Council, who is working with development partner PCRL, a joint venture between Swan Housing Association and mixed-use regeneration and social infrastructure specialists Urban Catalyst.
Once completed, the £1bn regeneration will deliver a new town centre with shops and restaurants, as well as up to 2,850 new homes, a medical centre and a new primary school.
The plans, approved in April last year, also include a 1m sq ft media village and later phases will include a university campus.
Planning permission was given to the regeneration’s first phase in January, which includes 61 homes, a children’s play area, and an orchard walk.
Preliminary works for the first phase are anticipated to start on site this summer and is expected to be complete by 2022, with the whole development finished by 2034.