Planning powers for Thames Gateway Development

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation will gain strategic planning powers from October 31 2005.

LTGDC will become the local planning authority within a designated area in the Lower Lee Valley and London Riverside, from Beckton to Rainham with responsibility for determining strategic and large scale planning applications.

Other developments will continue to be determined by the relevant planning authority in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

The new powers will help ensure that the LTGDC is equipped to bring about the sustainable growth and regeneration of these areas.

Yvette Cooper, minister for housing and planning, says: “The transfer of planning powers for strategic applications will enable LTGDC to make a real and positive difference to local communities on Barking and Dagenham and Havering, bringing business investment, increased employment and improved community facilities.

“Although LTGDC will not hold authority over the main Olympic sites, its work in the neighbouring communities in Lower Lea Valley will be of vital importance when ensuring that this area in East London will be truly sustainable for future generations.”

Lorraine Baldry, chairman of LTGDC, says: “We welcome this move as it allows us to really get started on delivering on the Government’s agenda for change in the London Thames Gateway.

The nature and scale of our task is challenging, but we can be confident as we will have the tools to do the job and the active involvement of all our stakeholders to deliver qualitative improvements which will be necessary to attract further investment to the area”

The powers were enacted by an Order laid in Parliament yesterday. LTGDC plans to officially launch its regeneration frameworks and vision later this year.