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The Thames Gateway

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  1. The Thames Gateway Policy and Progress 15 April 2008 Paul Hudson Director of Delivery Thames Gateway Executive

  2. Understanding the Thames Gateway

  3. Understanding the Thames Gateway • 3 regions involved (MKSM the same) • What’s it for? • Europe’s largest regeneration programme • Major housing and economic • development • UK’s largest port and logistics location • Olympics • Eco region

  4. Strategic Approaches (1) • RPG9A • Sustainable Communities Plan 2003 • Interim Plan 2006 • Delivery Plan 2007 • Implementation Plan 2008

  5. Strategic Approaches (2) • What is distinctive • - size • - scale • - organisational complexity • - economic change • Is it a single, cohesive entity? • Or a collection of different projects/programmes • responding to self contained labour markets? • Economic drivers

  6. Streamlining the regional tier • SNR • Single regional strategy • Role of local government • But handling policy initiatives will continue to • be challenging • Example of eco towns

  7. Our Priorities • What makes sense for 1.5m people who already live in the • Gateway? • Role of local authorities and delivery partnerships – variability • CLG funding - priorities for investment • - fewer, bigger • - but community schemes • - improving the functioning of town centres • Other Government Departments