Canvey Island, Castle Point and South Essex are the subject of plans that will likely leave the area unrecognisable by the mid century!
It appears that our part of the Country should be incorporated into Outer London, likely leaving the area as urbanised as the Barking, Dagenham and Redbridge areas, regardless of Constraining issues and policies!
Central Government, Local Government officers and individual Leaders of Boroughs, rather than elected councillors, will be deciding the level of Growth in all of its forms is the area’s Driver of Change!
That is, if “The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission” have their fingers on the pulse of future changes in the UK. Dependent very much on how the Country’s population growth will continue to increase and how the London economy will provide incomes to relieve the existing “significant pockets of deprivation” following the success / failure of the Brexit decision.
With the usual sprinkling of “Blue Sky” dreaming The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission* consider “the Thames Estuary; a tapestry of productive places along a global river”.
The commission believes: “that up to 1.3 million new jobs could be created in the Thames Estuary by 2050”
“A minimum of 1 million homes will be required to support economic growth in the Thames Estuary by 2050. This equates to 31,250 homes per annum”
Despite the lack of Infrastructure the focus of Growth falls on the ever expanding service industries around east London rather than the Midlands and the North of England where the “significant pockets of deprivation” are far more “significant”!
The announcement of growth was made in Purfleet, and Your Thurrock.com reported:-
Proposals for one million new homes and potential creation of 1.3 million jobs by 2050 in the Thames Estuary are to be considered by the government.
The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission has published its vision for Kent, Essex and London at a meeting in Purfleet.
It also wants to see the extension of the Crossrail project to link up with High Speed One at Ebbsfleet.
It is calling on the government to provide £20m for the development of the rail link to be built by 2029.
The government said it will make an announcement “within the next six months” if it will fund any of the commission’s proposals.
Under the plans there would be redevelopment work taking place in Basildon, Castle Point and Southend, with a “new medical research corridor” in north Kent, extending to Canterbury.
Cultural and creative industries will be encouraged to expand in the East London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Lewisham, and Bexley and Greenwich.
There are also calls to make the Lower Thames Crossing between Kent and Essex suitable for rail transport and the potential for use by driverless vehicles.
The commission said: “The Thames Estuary area faces some real challenges, including significant pockets of deprivation. We believe it has the potential to support growth across the country.”
James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Communities, said: “The Thames Estuary has enormous untapped potential and we are determined to unlock this to drive both local and national economic growth.
“The Commission has provided us with bold and ambitious set of recommendations, which we will consider in detail and respond to in due course.”
* Report Published 25 June 2018