Council give Purfleet regeneration team the go-ahead to crack on with exciting proposals

Thurrock Gazette: The plans - ambitious proposals for the regeneration of Purfleet given council's backing The plans - ambitious proposals for the regeneration of Purfleet given council's backing

THURROCK Council’s cabinet waxed lyrical about £800million regeneration plans for Purfleet as it gave a consortium the go-ahead to crack on.

The Yellow Consortium, headed up by Sir Tim Lawrence – who spoke at Wednesday evening’s cabinet meeting – Bouygues will now press on with its plans for a huge film and TV studio complex, new rail crossing and station, 2,300 homes and a new primary school.

The council’s cabinet formally selected the consortium, which is also made up of Regeneration Investments, engineering firm Keltbray and Bouygues, a construction company.

Andy Smith, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, dubbed the proposals “wonderful for Purfleet” and said “the vast majority of residents support it”.

He told Labour cabinet colleagues that the next steps were for the proposals to obtain planning permission and for land to be acquired.

Victoria Holloway, the portfolio holder for environment and ward councillor for West Thurrock and Purfleet said: “This is something that Purfleet needs. I’m hopeful to see things moving forward.”

The cabinet’s approval comes two weeks after the Gazette revealed the Yellow Consortium’s plans.

John Kent, leader of Thurrock Council, addressed scepticism of some readers that the project would never happen, which were raised after hearing about the plans. He challenged Sir Lawrence to show commitment to the project.

Addressing councillors, Sir Tim Lawrence said the consortium were itching to get on with their plans, were excited by them and committed to delivering them.

He added that he was keen to hear from residents as the proposals were “still in need of developing”.

*For more on the Purfleet regeneration plans, including reaction and more from Sir Lawrence on his thoughts about the scheme, pick up next week’s Thurrock Gazette.

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10:34am Thu 20 Mar 14

Bernard 87 says...

The scale of these plans means it is likely to fail.

I doubt that Purfleet will see a any of this other than the hundreds of flats that will be dumped there.

I am in favour of regenerating Purfleet but on a much smaller scale. Building good sized quality family homes, with acres of green space, access to the river and landscaping around the developments already there would be much simplier and would attract families to move there. Creating a small 'village centre around the station with a new supermarket and school is also another good idea but cramming the area with flats and more transients will not be good for the future of Purfleet or Thurrock as a whole.
The scale of these plans means it is likely to fail. I doubt that Purfleet will see a any of this other than the hundreds of flats that will be dumped there. I am in favour of regenerating Purfleet but on a much smaller scale. Building good sized quality family homes, with acres of green space, access to the river and landscaping around the developments already there would be much simplier and would attract families to move there. Creating a small 'village centre around the station with a new supermarket and school is also another good idea but cramming the area with flats and more transients will not be good for the future of Purfleet or Thurrock as a whole. Bernard 87
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

LittleTel1 says...

I will not be suprised if the first phase is the housing (more flats!) and then the following phases will be forgotton about or will not have funding. This council is only interested in biulding flats and houses on every little piece of land possible. West Thurrock is already becoming one big housing estate with little green space. Purfleet will soon follow.
I will not be suprised if the first phase is the housing (more flats!) and then the following phases will be forgotton about or will not have funding. This council is only interested in biulding flats and houses on every little piece of land possible. West Thurrock is already becoming one big housing estate with little green space. Purfleet will soon follow. LittleTel1
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

We need to weedle out the dim witted oafs on the Council political and the muppets we pay via our council tax, getting excited about something that the people wanting to do it, haven’t got planning permission nor the land.
So as suggested the flats/houses will get built and not much else. The school will be last on the list as you can’t make money out a school.
They should have insisted on 2 primary schools and a secondary.

It will be interesting to see how (if they get the land and permission) they avoid this becoming another dumping ground for East London.
We need to weedle out the dim witted oafs on the Council political and the muppets we pay via our council tax, getting excited about something that the people wanting to do it, haven’t got planning permission nor the land. So as suggested the flats/houses will get built and not much else. The school will be last on the list as you can’t make money out a school. They should have insisted on 2 primary schools and a secondary. It will be interesting to see how (if they get the land and permission) they avoid this becoming another dumping ground for East London. Dave_
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Sun 23 Mar 14

The Hog says...

I'm thinking this is an open ended plan. As things move on they will change and the finished product will look or be like the original plan.....
I'm thinking this is an open ended plan. As things move on they will change and the finished product will look or be like the original plan..... The Hog
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