by Natalie Vincent Wed 3 October 2018, 4:49 pm
Plans to transform Purfleet have won Thurrock Council and its development partner Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL) a national award.
The partners picked up the Best Public Participation Award at the 14th annual Brownfield Briefing Awards on 27 September, after being recognised for working with the community to shape the £1 billion Purfleet proposals and build support for the project.
Mark Coxshall, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "We are all very excited by the proposals for Purfleet and the chance to create new opportunities for our residents, including 2,850 much-needed new homes and a new town centre.
"The council and PCRL have shown a strong commitment to community engagement throughout the project; another thing we have really prided ourselves on with the Purfleet scheme is a real infrastructure-first approach, which will now set the template for future major developments in Thurrock."
Ken Dytor, chairman of developer Urban Catalyst and founding director of PCRL added: "This is fantastic recognition of the value of collaboration and underlines the progressive approach Thurrock Council has taken to support our regeneration plans.
"The council's long-term vision and its willingness to invest in a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise an important part of the south east is a shining example of what Britain needs to do to reinvigorate communities, creating new jobs and homes."
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