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Housing among Thames Estuary growth aims

Tue 9th January 2018, 11:22 am

Housing, connectivity and growth sectors in the Thames estuary region have been designated as top priorities for focus by a joint business and government regeneration and planning panel.

Panel session at Thames Estuary Growth Day on 5 October.

The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, whose remit covers a number of local authorities attending Sitematch 2018, will focus on making sure that people living in the region will benefit from high-quality housing, infrastructure developments like the proposed Lower Thames Crossing and extending the underground Elizabeth Line to Ebbsfleet International in Kent, for the next three decades.

A number of local authorities that attend Sitematch are a part of the estuary, including the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Havering, Bexley and Lewisham.

The priorities were announced in December during a visit to Bexley by new chair Sir John Armitt, who took over from Lord Heseltine in March, and deputy chair Sadie Morgan.

A final report, which will lay out the Commission’s recommendations to government, will be published in spring 2018.

Sajid Javid, secretary of state for communities and local government, said: “It’s long been known that the Thames Estuary has vast economic potential and, as a government, we’re determined to capitalise on this for the benefit of local communities and national growth.

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, said: “I welcome the opportunity to lead this vital piece of work. I look forward to engaging with all stakeholders to produce a compelling vision and delivery plan for this exciting area, which I believe can help drive the UK’s economic growth.”

Sitenmatch organiser 3Fox International organised the Thames Estuary Growth Day on 5 October 2017, an event with meetings, discussions, workshops and research on growth opportunities and potential in the Thames Estuary region.

If you would like to meet the London Boroughs that are part of the Thames Estuary at Sitematch on 8 February, please contact Josie Brewer on 020 7978 6840.

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