Thames Gateway

MQT on 2003-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2003
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you support the mooted 'benign UDC' for Thames Gateway and what negotiations have you had with the Government about the geographical footprint? What do you think this should be?



Answer for Thames Gateway

Answer for Thames Gateway

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Deputy Prime Minister and I are in complete agreement about the importance of Thames Gateway to both London and the UK. This priority, first set out in my draft London Plan, is reflected in the Government's Communities Plan. Over the past six months, officials from the GLA Group, Thames Gateway London Partnership and the Deputy Prime Minister's Office have been in discussion about the best way to deliver our shared vision. As set out in the Communities Plan announcement we have now reached agreement in principle about new delivery vehicles for the Gateway, including a strategic level London Gateway Board and new mechanisms using Urban Development Corporation powers to be established in partnership between the Government, GLA Group and the Boroughs.Officials are now continuing discussions about the details of establishing the new arrangements, including their geographical focus. It is too early to form a final view on precisely what the best boundaries for any new mechanisms would be. This will depend on a range of factors, including whether the Government decide to support a bid for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. .