Skip to main content

Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the Government’s targets (a) to create 180,000 jobs and (b) to build 160,000 new homes in the Thames Gateway between 2001 and 2016; and if she will make a statement on progress made to date towards meeting each target. (140631)

The Government target to create the conditions for 180,000 jobs and the capacity for 160,000 homes was published in the Thames Gateway Interim Plan. The plan was endorsed by the relevant regional assemblies, regional development agencies, local regeneration partnerships and other key stakeholders through the Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership. The Department continues to work with the partnership and others in pursuing its shared objectives.

In 2005, there were approximately 58,600 more employees in the Thames Gateway than in 2001, an increase of 9.7 per cent. This is equivalent to an increase of approximately 46,600 or 9 per cent. in the number of full-time equivalent jobs.

Between 2001-02 and 2005-06, a total of 29,775 net new dwellings have been added to the housing stock of the Thames Gateway.