Intelligence: 9 September 2016Thames Estuary 2050

Since our establishment in the 1930’s, we have worked at a strategic level to consider growth opportunities for the UK, driving major new settlements, urban expansion and regenerative mixed-use development at all scales to make the most of our nation’s valuable land resource. In 2014, we were one of only five finalists in the Wolfson Economics Prize, delivering a proposal which clearly established an approach for achieving a new Garden City which is both visionary, economically viable and popular.

Our research team were a key element of this submission, enabling us to utilise big data to map and understand the opportunities countrywide and begin to identify the most suitable, sustainable site opportunities for over 40 new garden Cities. Our response to the Commission today further builds on this experience to provide a clearer view of the Thames Estuary region and the opportunities it presents for growth.

Inspired by the Commission's vision for high quality growth and in particular the work streams that address 'creating new homes and communities' and 'putting it together: centres of excellence', this response seeks to:

  • Identify an exisiting focal point for development of high productivity clusters 
  • Proposes an additional focal point that could be developed
  • Outlines a vision for development that otherwise would not happen

View our full response now.


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