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Stratford proposal. Copyright DCLG
Regeneration is key to tackling poverty and unemployment that is common in this area.
The Lower Lea valley area surrounds the River Lea which runs along the boundary of the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham.
What is it?
The Lower Lea Valley has been described as ‘the largest remaining regeneration opportunity in inner London’.
The aim is to create a better place to live, to train people living in the area and to provide them with jobs.
Where is it?
It runs north-south from Stratford to Canary Wharf and is situated just three miles from Central London.
When is it happening?
The transformation of the Lower Lea Valley is underway now in order to get everything completed in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Lower Lea Valley is one of the UK’s most deprived areas with a very high level of unemployment and low level of skills. Approximately 110 hectares of brownfield land will be reclaimed to produce the Olympic Park.
The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, (LTGDC), The London Development Agency (LDA) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) are committed to the implementation of their detailed regeneration strategy.
Canary Wharf is London’s new banking and business district and is set to grow considerably with the Gateway development.
Employment is set to grow from 82,000 to 120,000 by 2016. The construction of Crossrail should allow the number to grow to 190,000 jobs within 20 years.
13,000 homes are expected to be built on the Isle of Dogs with the majority to be completed by 2011.
This is one of the largest regeneration projects in the whole of the Thames Gateway development.
Already well served by public transport, Stratford is set to become the next major office development after Canary Wharf.
Stratford construction is due to start in 2007 and will create 150,000 sq.m of retail space set to rival Bluewater.
The recently completed Stratford International will provide links to Europe via the Channel Tunnel.
Located just a few miles from Canary Wharf, Canning Town has excellent transport links, with the Docklands Light Railway extension to London City Airport now complete.
The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation is working closely with the London borough of Newham to create a new town centre and improved transport links.
The development will create 1,500 homes (7,000 in the wider Canning area) and 4,500 jobs. It is estimated that by 2012 2,000 homes will be completed.
The waterways, locks and mills of Bromley-by-Bow provide a perfect setting for new homes and public areas.
Development of key sites such as former St. Andrew’s hospital site will create around 3,550 homes and at least 500 jobs.
3,000 homes are to be competed by 2012.
Three Mills on River Lea. Copyright DCLG
Lea Valley Park
This new park being created throughout the Olympic Zone will see 75 hectares of inaccessible and unattractive land in Lea Valley transformed. The park will connect the Olympic site with the Thames and will provide a public space serving London and the local community.
The Masterplan is due in 2007/2008.
With access to excellent transport infrastructure, West Ham is to become the southern gateway to the Olympic Park.
The aim is to create a location that is more than just an interchange by providing 2,750 homes and 1,000 new jobs. There are plans to develop the former Royal Mail site into a range of mixed-use developments.
Planning is underway with 500 homes expected to be delivered by 2012.
Leaside & Thameside West
Well served by the Docklands Light Railway, Leaside and Thameside West is ideal for large-scale residential and employment development.
Over the next few years new business premises and high-rise residential properties will be created. Over 9,600 homes and 3,700 jobs will be created through regeneration.
This is a ten year development with 5,300 homes to be delivered by 2012.
last updated: 15/05/2008 at 09:45