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NEW Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission

In his 2016 Budget speech, the Chancellor of Exchequer announced that he was asking Lord Heseltine to lead a new Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.

The published Budget document states (paragraph 1.342):

The government has asked Lord Heseltine to lead the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.

The Commission will develop an ambitious vision and delivery plan for North Kent, South Essex and East London up to 2050. This will focus on supporting the development of high productivity clusters in specific locations. It will examine how the area can develop, attract and retain skilled workers. It will also look at how to make the most of opportunities from planned infrastructure such as the Lower Thames Crossing. It will report back at Autumn Statement 2017 with a clear and affordable delivery plan for achieving this vision.

Welcoming the announcement on behalf of TGKP, our Chairman Rob Bennett said:

"As Chairman of the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership, I welcome the announcement of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, led by Lord Heseltine.   The Budget announcement is a recognition by Government of the vital importance of the Thames Gateway to the UK’s long-term growth.  In the North Kent part of the Gateway alone we estimate there is scope to deliver an additional 58,000 homes and 59,000 jobs.  But for those new homes and jobs to be provided we need to find ways of securing new investment, especially in transport infrastructure. We will be very keen to work with Lord Heseltine and the new Commission, together with our partners in South Essex and London, to make this next phase of our long-term  ambitions for the Thames Gateway a reality."