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Launch of the report A Framework for Housing in the London Thames Gateway

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Tuesday 7 December
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Seminar event: 2.30-5pm, Tuesday 7 December. To attend RSVP to: n.harrison@lse.ac.uk| Contact: Professor Anne Power, LSE, on 020 7955 6330

Thames Gateway offers a one-off chance to create viable communities, a green environment and a proper infrastructure.

By 2030 the Thames Gateway area could be a stunning example of high density but well-integrated communities, set within an East End national park. Housing and regeneration in the Gateway needs to build upon the assets and infrastructure of existing communities rather than plonking new estates of identikit houses across our richest and biggest flood plane.

These are the conclusions of a new report A Framework for Housing in the London Thames Gateway by Professor Anne Power| and colleagues from LSE Housing and Enterprise LSE Cities.

The authors talked with architects, planners, developers, community organisations and local councils. The LSE research team argues that East End communities need reinvestment, regeneration and densification, creating a mix of new and current residents - home owners and tenants living side by side, sharing public spaces, services and connections to London.

The need to reinstate and protect the natural environment throughout the Thames estuary is a most urgent challenge, making new and existing homes as eco friendly as possible, preventing the risk of river flooding; maximising the waterfront and open spaces.

This crucial new framework will be launched at a half day seminar on Tuesday 7 December, with

  • Lord Richard Rogers on A Vision for London - the City moves East
  • Jeff Channing, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, on government concerns
  • Pam Gilder, Environment Agency on Can the Thames estuary cope?
  • David Woods, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on Selling Barking to yuppies - can growth work in the East End?

Professor Anne Power said: 'The ten local authority areas making up the Thames Gateway are an irreplaceable asset to the UK's capital. But a successful area long term depends on up-front investment and local involvement. People need to see and get involved with run-down areas being regenerated. There also needs to be a good mix of housing for the range of families and single people who are looking for homes in this area. And importantly, redevelopment needs to protect the Thames estuary, make the waterfront accessible, and safeguard water use so the river's flood land is respected for the future.'

To read an executive summary and the full report, click here| 


  • Contact Professor Anne Power, LSE Housing, 020 7955 6330
  • Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7582

Journalists wanting to attend the seminar, please email Nicola Harrison at n.harrison@lse.ac.uk|  

Press cuttings

Power visions (8 Dec)
The Thames Gateway vision might work - but only if we throw out the existing plans, says Malcolm Dean. Reference to LSE research into the Thames Gateway headed by Anne Power. 

7 December 2004