Huge TV and film studios could be built as part of exciting project to regenerate Purfleet

Huge TV and film studios could be built as part of exciting project to regenerate Purfleet

Huge TV and film studios could be built as part of exciting project to regenerate Purfleet

First published in News
Last updated
Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

A HUGE TV and film studio complex could be built in Purfleet as part of £800million plans to regenerate the town.

Thurrock Council is in the process of selecting a developer to take on the enormous project in the west of the borough, which could see a new cinema, school, gym and hotel built around a new high quality town centre.

The River Thames waterfront at Purfleet could also be transformed into a marina, complete with oyster bar.

These proposals - the first to go into any detail on what the massive regeneration scheme in Purfleet could look like - have been put forward by the Yellow Consortium, a group formed of Regeneration Investments, Keltbray, Bouyges and Sir Tim Lawrence.

On Tuesday, the council's planning and regeneration scrutiny committee is expected to recommend that the cabinet and council allow the Yellow Consortium to proceed with its development plans.

More than 2,300 new homes will be built and 1,500 new jobs created as part of the consortium's proposals.

Thurrock Gazette: map of purfleet

The project is likely to take between 10 and 15 years to complete and construction will take place in phases.

John Kent, the leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We've spoken many times about the future of the village and how it will lead the west of the borough into the future.

"The proposal the committee's being asked to scrutinise - if we agree to it - would do far more than that.

"Yes it would deliver the new homes and jobs we're looking for, but also, the proposal from a consortium headed by Sir Tim Lawrence, would build on the amazing creative industries rapidly becoming established just down the road at High House, to provide at half a million square feet of high-tech film and television studios."

The 500,000 square foot film and TV studio complex - the size of six football pitches - forms part of the consortium's plans to bring jobs to the Purfleet area and builds on the existing arts and cultural offering already in the town on the High House Production Park.

The council claims there is an element of risk with the studios as the consortium have no track record in building such developments, but a report on the project says "the proposal is headed by an impressive array of industry figures and has garnered significant support from the sector at large".

The council adds the wider project is still viable, even if plans for the studios cannot be realised.

The report being presented to the planning and regeneration committee on Tuesday night said: "Whilst the scale of development is impressive, it is the approach to the public realm and general level of quality within the vision which is particularly distinctive.

"The connection of the development to the riverside, the removal of the level crossing, the breadth of the housing offer and the integration of the various uses with a clearly identified centre all serve to deliver a vision which, if realised, will see Purfleet become a model for a modern sustainable community."

The next steps are for the council to approve the Yellow Consortium as the preferred developer, before planning applications are submitted and any oustanding compulsory purchase orders made.

For more information and to get a closer look at the plans, click here (opens a new window to documents being presented to the council next week).

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

aerobic1 says...

This is lovely - what about Grays front, we were to have a great riverside development.
This is lovely - what about Grays front, we were to have a great riverside development. aerobic1
  • Score: 8

7:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

G.Fawkes says...

Plans will be drawn up then abandoned due to a rare mushroom or bug on the land that cant be moved. Mushrooms and bugs>jobs
Plans will be drawn up then abandoned due to a rare mushroom or bug on the land that cant be moved. Mushrooms and bugs>jobs G.Fawkes
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

HurstBird says...

Some of us in Purfleet are quite happy with it. I certainly don't want a marina ruining my river walks!
Some of us in Purfleet are quite happy with it. I certainly don't want a marina ruining my river walks! HurstBird
  • Score: 7

3:22pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bernard 87 says...

Hurst

I don't think you have anything to worry about as this plan will not happen, ever. This is just the Labour group trying to put out some positive propaganda just before the folk of Purfleet go to vote in May.
Hurst I don't think you have anything to worry about as this plan will not happen, ever. This is just the Labour group trying to put out some positive propaganda just before the folk of Purfleet go to vote in May. Bernard 87
  • Score: 0

10:53am Fri 7 Mar 14

OckendonPaul says...

Bernard is spot on. These sort of pie in the sky ideas are often floated but always sink without trace. A race course and a Disney type theme park are just two that I can think of straight away. There have been many more...
Bernard is spot on. These sort of pie in the sky ideas are often floated but always sink without trace. A race course and a Disney type theme park are just two that I can think of straight away. There have been many more... OckendonPaul
  • Score: 2

4:07pm Sat 8 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

There must be a room in the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays that is full of glossy brochures and promotional material, all gathering dust, that promised a land of milk and honey for the residents of Thurrock with lots of wonderful and expensive pie in the sky proposals to make the borough a better place.

There must also be a team council officers and graphic artists and photographers putting together these brochures and proposals all making a nice living and councillors who sit on committees claiming expenses voting on these pie in the sky proposals.

What have we got? Thousands and thousands of homes with 20,000 more planned. Not to house the sons and daughters of Thurrock but to home London's overflow and the thousands and thousands of 'new' residents who have decided to move to the country and make it their home.

As for new jobs, most of the businesses that relocate here bring their own staff, they might employ local security staff, cleaners and cooks on minimum wage zero hour contract jobs etc but most of those they employ are people who relocate here.
There must be a room in the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays that is full of glossy brochures and promotional material, all gathering dust, that promised a land of milk and honey for the residents of Thurrock with lots of wonderful and expensive pie in the sky proposals to make the borough a better place. There must also be a team council officers and graphic artists and photographers putting together these brochures and proposals all making a nice living and councillors who sit on committees claiming expenses voting on these pie in the sky proposals. What have we got? Thousands and thousands of homes with 20,000 more planned. Not to house the sons and daughters of Thurrock but to home London's overflow and the thousands and thousands of 'new' residents who have decided to move to the country and make it their home. As for new jobs, most of the businesses that relocate here bring their own staff, they might employ local security staff, cleaners and cooks on minimum wage zero hour contract jobs etc but most of those they employ are people who relocate here. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree