Written evidence from London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (OLL 22)
Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) is a Non Departmental Public Body
sponsored by Communities and Local Government (CLG) with responsibility for leading
the regeneration of much of east
2. LTGDC is supporting the 5 Host boroughs strategy for 'convergence', that is to secure sustained regeneration across the sub-region, building on the investment in the Olympics, and force key measures of socio-economic performance up to the London average.
3. LTGDC is leading on a number of projects in the areas surrounding the Olympic Park to assist neighbouring communities to benefit from the huge investment in the Park. The momentum that has been created must be maintained. The Olympics has brought an added spotlight to these areas and they cannot afford to lose out pre or post 2012.
4. LTGDC is
also working closely with the Olympic Park Legacy
Company to develop a strong and clearly defined relationship. The
prospect is for a major long term development programme post games in the
Olympic Park led by the Olympic Legacy Company, in tandem with the wider
regeneration of the
Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) is the Government's lead
regeneration agency for the
6. LTGDC was
established in 2004 with an indicative lifespan of 10 years (with a review at 5
years) to tackle large dysfunctional areas in the
7. The two areas covered by the UDC suffer from disparate land ownership, major environmental challenges, large scale ground contamination, local infrastructure and access issues, significant deprivation and serious skills deficits.
8. LTGDC, together with partner agencies including the local London Boroughs, is meeting these challenges by developing a clear strategic policy framework. With the investment in and delivery of key projects, LTGDC is acting as a vital catalyst to realise the London Thames Gateway's economic potential.
9. Soon after
establishment, LTGDC completed regeneration frameworks, together with fully
costed delivery plans, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA)
family and the local councils for both the
10. In 2007,
an Opportunity Area Planning Framework for the
have been developed by LTGDC in association with the GLA family and borough
12. £133.5 million of capital has been invested by LTGDC to 31st March 2009, of which 60% has been invested directly and 40% through grant funding, mostly to the local councils. LTGDC has a further allocation of £80 million of central Government funding for the period 2009-11.
13. Government has just completed its 5 year review of Urban Development Corporations and on 14 January 2010 the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made the following written statement:
'London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) has performed well, working in an extremely complicated environment, handling a complex planning case load. The organisation has existed for a relatively limited period, but in this time, it has put in place innovative planning processes, and is starting to deliver real and tangible benefit for the area through its investment in new homes, jobs, open space, transport infrastructure and its education and skills programme.
proximity of the Olympic Park to LTGDC's area means that the Corporation has an
important role to play in securing a long term legacy in
LTGDC has a reaffirmed mandate from government and a strengthened focus on the
15. In the run up to the Games, LTGDC will continue to invest in programmes of development and environmental enhancements around the fringes of the Olympic Park, the Olympic 'Arc', whilst preparing for future schemes that commence as the Park becomes fully integrated with the surrounding areas post Games.
LTGDC WORK IN THE OLYMPIC 'ARC'
16. LTGDC is working with the LDA, ODA, the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the host boroughs and other stakeholders to maximise the physical legacy of the London 2012 Games for the local communities. Masterplans are completed or nearing completion to ensure the Olympic Park is fully integrated into the surrounding communities and that they benefit from the investment in the Games.
17. LTGDC is
working with the local councils and the ODA to ensure key routes into the
Olympic Park are created and the public realm in
18. In terms
of projects, the
19. In October
2009 LTGDC completed an inward investment & marketing suite, 'The View',
high up overlooking the Park. This spectacular space will be used by Think
London, Gateway to
20. The 'View Tube', a partnership project between
LTGDC the Olympic Delivery Agency, Leaside Regeneration and Thames Water has
been opened on The Greenway adjacent to Olympic Park, offering a visitor and
community centre with a programme of activities, a café, and a viewing platform
overlooking the Olympic Park and
21. In Stratford High Street LTGDC has committed £10 million to funding the design and procurement of public realm enhancement works.
22. LTGDC has
agreed with LDA funding to extend the Olympic Combined Cooling Heat and Power
infrastructure beyond the Olympic
Park to optimise renewable energy opportunities. This will be the first stage
in a utilities infrastructure network to cover the entire
23. Improvement works funded by LTGDC around Hackney Wick to the canal tow paths and existing bridges and underpasses across the A12 will start during 2010.
24. In addition to preparing delivery strategies and investing in land and buildings, LTGDC has been working with those schools (or other providers) which are closest to its priority areas and have the greatest potential to transform. That transformation is centred on developing strong leadership, meeting economic growth needs, building upon community / business networks and utilising local drivers such as the Build Schools for the Future programme. The transformation is largely measured by increased GCSE pass rates and progression rates (of pupils to further/higher education or employment).
25. LTGDC is
DELIVERING AND MEASURING LASTING LEGACY
26. The opportunity to harness the momentum and investment created by hosting the 2012 Olympics in east London and securing permanent socio-economic benefits has been recognised at all levels of government; the boost that such a major event brings to the established regeneration agenda for the area needs to be captured and maintained.
27. Central, regional and local government have joined with development agencies to assess the current challenges facing the 5 Olympic host boroughs, the planned investment coming into the area, the opportunities presented by those investments, and the potential barriers to local communities benefiting fully. This work has led to an approach which identifies how the host boroughs will use the physical changes in the area to deliver a social and economic legacy through co-ordinated effort on improved services across agencies, particularly in education and skills, reducing worklessness, increasing health and wellbeing, reducing crime, and increasing participation in sport. This will be coupled with ensuring that physical developments, including housing, support social objectives and are of excellent quality. LTGDC is committed to supporting the local service delivery agencies in this shared ambition.
principle that underpins this approach is one of convergence. For the 5 host
boroughs the measure of success will be that, in the next 20 years, residents
in the host boroughs will equal the
29. LTGDC will continue its programme of bringing forward land assembly and development, utilising its CPO powers and planning powers to secure comprehensive treatment to derelict and underutilised land. It will also continue its programme of support and investment in education and skills, public realm and marketing and inward investment.
LTGDC AND THE OLYMPIC PARK LEGACY COMPANY
30. The redevelopment and regeneration of the Olympic Park is one of the largest, most ambitious and longest-term regeneration tasks this country has ever embarked upon. At the heart of this project is the creation of new communities centred on the Olympic parkland and venues.
31. LTGDC has welcomed the establishment of the Olympic Park Legacy Company and initial meetings have indicated a strong shared ambition for the area, an understanding of the complimentary roles of the two organisations, and a commitment to effective joint working.
32. The Olympic Park Legacy Company will take responsibility for the business planning and marketing of the Olympic Park, venues and commercial opportunities leading up to 2012; the management of the Olympic Park and venues after 2012; the redevelopment of sites in the Olympic Park used for temporary facilities during the Games, and their integration with retained venues; and working with partners to secure economic and social benefits and improvements in the areas of deprivation surrounding the Olympic Park.
33. The priority for the Company is to deliver the development of the former Olympic site as a high quality, sustainable mixed community as well as securing long term development of the venues and parklands in ways which provide national and local sporting and cultural value commensurate with their Olympic heritage.
34. LTGDC is leading on a number of projects in the areas surrounding the Olympic Park to ensure that the surrounding communities maximise the opportunities that will arise from the huge investment in the Park. It is imperative that the momentum that has been created is maintained. The period to 2012 is the time when the Olympic spotlight will be on these areas and they cannot afford to lose out on the opportunity.
35. LTGDC already has a good working relationship with the ODA and the LDA on Olympic fringe projects. Indeed, it has agreed responsibilities for delivery of projects in the Olympic fringe with the LDA, delivered the Three Mills Lock and the View Tube project with the ODA and been closely involved in negotiations around the nature of Olympic investment (e.g. the IBC/MPC) on the surrounding area.
36. LTGDC is
also working closely with the Olympic Park Legacy
Company to develop a strong and clearly defined relationship. Both parties are
agreed that the Olympic Park Legacy Company must focus its efforts on the Park
while LTGDC focuses its efforts with the boroughs on rest of the
37. Of key importance will be the Company's ability to take the long view and not be forced into less than optimum solutions to secure early financial returns. Encouragingly the Company is taking a close look at the draft Legacy Masterplan Framework to ensure that the key principles of place making and connectivity are embedded in the framework; subsequent detailed plans can then be assessed against the key criteria of that overarching strategy.
38. LTGDC will
continue to work with the boroughs and the Company to secure physical and
social benefits for the surrounding communities, to attract inward investment
and employment opportunities, and ultimately to deliver the jointly agreed
government/mayor/LTGDC 2006 'vision' for the
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