A major regeneration project in the Essex town of Purfleet will see 2,500 new homes being built, alongside a new film and TV studio complex.
The £1 billion project is set to proceed after a deal was signed between Thurrock District Council and Purfleet Centre Regeneration, a body that includes housing association L&Q and development managers Urban Catalyst.
It will be the first time purpose-built film studios have been constructed in the UK since the 1960s, while other developments include a revamp of Thurrock railway station.
Commenting on the news, Thurrock council regeneration spokesman Richard Speight said: “The development agreement has now been signed by all the parties, the legal processes are over, and during 2016 we will see all the planning applications coming through and some remedial work being carried out.”
The Thames Estuary area is set to become one of the fastest-growing parts of the UK in the coming years, thanks to the Thames Gateway project and the expected surge in east London’s population.