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Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new jobs she expects to be created as part of the Thames Gateway project. (235808)

As set out in the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan (November 2007), the Government expect to see at least 225,000 new jobs by 2016, compared to 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps have been taken to ensure that the Thames Gateway project meets its target of becoming an eco-region. (235809)

Government remain committed to establishing the Thames Gateway as an eco-region. Work continues to develop the concept and next steps will be announced in a prospectus to be published shortly. This will build on the commitments made and progress signalled in the November 2007 Thames Gateway Delivery Plan, the Regional Development Agencies' September 2008 Thames Gateway Economic Development Investment Plan and the October 2008 Parklands Vision.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many acres of community recreational space are planned as part of the Thames Gateway project. (235810)

Community recreational space in the Thames Gateway is delivered by a wide range of local delivery partners, and some projects are supported by central Government. However, central Government do not monitor how much recreational space is planned across the region overall. This information is managed at a local level and is included in the regional spatial strategies and local development frameworks.