London Mayor Ken Livingstone has published his plans to redevelop the Thames Gateway in a new document entitled ‘Prospectus for the London Thames Gateway’.
The publication sets out how the Greater London Authority and the Mayor’s agencies intend to transforming the area “into a thriving economic region and London’s new corridor of growth served by a first class transport network.”
Mr Livingstone has his vision for the are is “for a variety of communities, interlinking with parks and other green open spaces that will accommodate the thousands of new homes and jobs that will be built and created in the coming decades.”
The Mayor has also said that all new communities must be well designed, sustainable and above all well connected to the new transport infrastructure which we now know will be delivered.
Addressing delegates at the Thames Gateway Forum, the Mayor said the Thames Gateway was the ideal location for accommodating the capital’s growth saying: “nowhere else offers the brownfield land and the public transport capacity needed. And nowhere else has the same opportunities to create a high quality of life around the river, new parks and renewed town centres.”
“London’s economic centre is shifting east and this prospectus will drive it forward. The transport infrastructure has taken great leaps forward and we have the huge benefits that will flow from the investment in the Olympics and the new Crossrail link.”
Mr Living also used today’s speech to announce that the government has agreed additional transport funding “enabling us to deliver a new fast, frequent and reliable transit service for existing and future communities in the Barking Riverside Area. The public investment now committed is unprecedented and a firm foundation for the high quality development we now want to see.”
The Mayor’s comments came as Housing Miinsiter Yvette Cooper is expected to announce plans 160,000 homes in the Thames Valley.