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Royal Docks

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pursuant to his answer of 31 March concerning development strategy for the Royal docks, he will state the total cost to the London Docklands Development Corporation of land acquired for development in the Royal docks strategy area and the expected future sale value of such land on completion of his announced redevelopment and the purposes to which he expects the surplus funds to be devoted, other than the estimated £140 million cost of the Beckton extension of the docklands light railway.

By 28 February 1987 the LDDC had paid out £18·7 million for land acquired in the Royals area. Final payments for some acquisitions have yet to be made. Payments have also been made for land statutorily vested in the corporation throughout its area, but these are not specifically attributed to particular areas. The expected future sale value of land is a matter of commercial confidentiality.To the extent that further surplus funds are available, while precise purposes have not been decided, they will include other infrastructure.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what has been the total investment out of public funds in the Royal docks redevelopment area since the creation of the London Docklands Development Corporation; for what major purposes; at what sum for each such purpose; and what further sums of public money, together with the principal items, he expects to be invested in order to achieve his recently announced planning strategy for the area.

The total LDDC investment in the Royal docks area, including Beckton, between 1 July 1981 and 28 February 1987, excluding acquisition of land, is as follows:

£ million
Environmental improvement10·8
Land reclamation and relocations3·8
Roads and utilities21·5
Other expenditure4·7
LDDC's strategy for the regeneration of the Royals area is estimated to cost £446 million at 1986–87 prices, including funding on the proposed eastern extension of the docklands light railway, new roads, utilities, reclamation and environment works.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made, in addition to the 48,000 jobs he envisages in the Royal docks redevelopment area, of additional jobs indirectly attributable to the scheme; and if he will state what occupations he expects them to be.

An estimated 14,000 jobs will be indrectly attributable to the scheme in the wider economy. It is not possible to state the likely range of occupations that they might include with any certainty.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, following his recently announced strategy for the London docklands from Brunswick wharf to the proposed east London river crossing, he will now publish the report of his inspectors following the public inquiries into the compulsory purchase orders for the Royal docks and adjacent areas and the Leamouth area, respectively.

No. The inspector's report following the public inquiry into the London Docklands Development Corporation's east docklands compulsory purchase order will be published when the Secretary of State issues his decision on the order.