Farrell unveils vision for Thames Gateway
Further ideas include the formation of a innovative local carbon economy, high-speed transport links and the development of estuary towns.
The Homes and Communities Agency commissioned Farrell’s ‘core vision’, but he warned that government help was needed for the project to be a success.
He said: “Without growth, London will slowly lose its world city status and the region will find it harder to match economic rivals. Government support for the Thames Gateway is critical to London, the greater south east and UK future success.”
He added: “I believe that success on this scale must be ‘place based’. Shaping the physical surroundings has the power to change people’s perceptions through new landscaping, environmental improvements and regeneration.”
The proposals also outlined how future plans should be built on the Olympic legacy, providing a quality of life and socio-economic standards comparable to the rest of London and intensifying unused brownfield land to create vibrant and attractive places.
It estimated that by 2050, the population in East London could exceed its 1960’s peak and house prices equal the Greater London average.