Categories: Business, LondonPublished On: 09.01.2024262 words1.4 min read

Thames Masterplan spotlight falls on east London

Tower Hamlets and Newham are the latest Thames boroughs to be the focus of a Port of London Authority (PLA) consultation, giving people an opportunity to shape a masterplan for maximising the riverside’s potential.

Running until 15 February 2024, the consultation is the second in a series that will cover all 22 local authorities bordering the tidal Thames, from west London out to the estuary. Where possible, it coincides with the local councils’ Local Plan reviews.

Comments on the draft plan can be made via masterplan, or sent to: [email protected].

Mike Atkins, Senior Planner at the PLA, explained:

“This is a chance for local people in Tower Hamlets and Newham to have their say on guiding investment decisions related to the river on their doorstep.

“It has been drafted in partnership with both local authorities serving the area, the Greater London Authority, the Environment Agency, landowners and river-based businesses.

“Now we very much want to hear what people living in the area think needs to be included.”

The development of the full Tidal Thames Masterplan, which started in 2023 with the outer London Borough of Bexley, supports the PLA’s Thames Vision 2050, working to grow trade on the river, improve its environmental value and attracting more people to use it for sport and leisure.

A key focus for the Masterplan is highlighting opportunities for investment arising from the upcoming introduction, through The Environment Act, of Biodiversity Net Gain requirements for developers to help wildlife when delivering projects.

Explore the Masterplan website and submit your feedback.