Sustainable growth, not quick wins

Wed 31 October 2018, 3:26 pm

The head of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, Sadie Morgan, today highlighted the need for a "new way of thinking" when considering plans to develop the area while speaking at this year's Thames Estuary Growth Day conference.

At the one-day conference at CentrED at the ExCel Centre, Morgan identified digital deprivation, poor air quality and substandard education as challenges to planning new towns.

She highlighted the slow of growth at Ebbsfleet, and called for investment in transport, modern methods of construction and education "to help unlock the stalemate".

Morgan added: "We’ve not looked for quick wins, but for sustainable growth; we see the region as a tapestry of different economies places and people, performing well in parts, but underperforming in others."

Morgan expressed hope for the Estuary to create 1.3 million jobs and generate £190 billion additional GVA with at least one million new homes along the river to support the growth.

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