Leadership in the Thames Gateway

Plenary on 2004-03-17
Session date: 
March 17, 2004
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Jeff Jacobs-Thames Gateway, LDA



Answer for Leadership in the Thames Gateway

Answer for Leadership in the Thames Gateway

Answered By: 
Jeff Jacobs-Thames Gateway, LDA

The Mayor provides strategic leadership for development in the London Thames Gateway, working particularly closely through the group, with the LDA, TfL and with TGLP. We meet together with our partners and other partners in the Thames Gateway London Partnership board. That board is chaired jointly and alternately by the Mayor and the Minister for London.

It was announced in and established after the publication of the Government's Sustainable Communities Action Plan precisely to address the issue of leadership and coordination. In its first year of existence " it has just met three times " the board's achievements include submitting a jointly prepared proposal to the Government for spending some of the £446 million of the sustainable communities fund allocation for 2003 to 2006, of which over £130 million has already been confirmed for London.

Secondly, the board has been developing a housing site database " and Tony (Winterbottom) could speak more about this " where we have identified capacity for more than 91,000 dwellings in the London Thames Gateway, and drawing up a London Thames Gateway development and investment framework, of which the draft is here and which we are hoping to publish around the end of the month. The board is itself shadowed by an operations group of officials, who meet on a fortnightly basis and a higher level steering group, which meets every two or three weeks, under the chairmanship of Neale Coleman (Policy Director, Mayor's Office) and myself. .