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Thames Gateway Delivery Corporation: Olympic Games 2012

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the remit of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation has been amended following the award of the 2012 Olympic Games to London. (192311)

The remit of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, set up in 2004, is to drive forward the regeneration of the largest concentrations of brownfield land in the capital, in the Lower Lea Valley and Barking Riverside. This area now includes the main Olympic Park site at Stratford. Because of the unique nature of the Olympic Park, a specific organisation, the Olympic Delivery Authority, has been set up to deliver it, and the legacy transformation of the Olympic site is being co-ordinated by the London Development Agency, who own the land. This however is a small part of the overall London Thames Gateway Development Corporation designated area. The Olympic site is anticipated to deliver in the region of 9,000 new homes. The substantial task of regenerating the remainder of the Lea Valley, which is anticipated to deliver some 25,000 new homes, remains with the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and no change in their remit is necessary. The Development Corporation works closely with key stakeholders and it is anticipated that it will also work with the HCA, which will, once it is set up, have a leading role in bringing together the delivery of regeneration and housing.