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Regeneration (Thames Gateway)

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether English Partnerships in collaboration with regional development agencies plan to produce a brownfield land reclamation strategy specifically for the Thames Gateway. (94062)

A National Brownfield Strategy is being developed by English Partnerships with the aim of increasing the reuse of brownfield land. Good progress is being made. As part of this work English Partnerships will publish a practitioner’s guide to brownfield development before the end of the year and will hold a stakeholder workshop to discuss the policy issues raised through earlier consultations on the strategy.

In the Thames Gateway strategies for the development of brownfield land are being developed by the local delivery bodies as part of the regeneration frameworks for their areas. The regeneration frameworks are being drawn up in consultation with English Partnerships and the relevant regional development agency. More than 80 per cent. of new development in the Thames Gateway is being delivered on brownfield land.