Today the government will launch a new commission tasked with regenerating and reinvigorating the Thames Estuary, an area which includes North Kent, South Essex and parts of East London.

The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission will be led by Lord Heseltine. Lord Adonis, Head of the National Infrastructure Commission, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Tony Pidgley, Chairman of the Berkley Group will also sit on the Commission, along with many other high profile business leaders and representatives of government departments. 

The Commission is tasked with preparing a strategy to boost growth and investment in the Thames Estuary. Initial work will focus on 6 workstreams:

  1. Creating high productivity clusters
  2. Increasing connectivity
  3. Creating new homes and communities
  4. Securing investment
  5. Harnessing innovation in the built environment
  6. Putting it together: centres of excellence

Initial recommendations are to be made by March 2017, with the full report being in place by the 2017 Autumn statement.

The Commission has issued a 'call for ideas' from developers and interested parties. 

The deadline for submissions is midday on 9 September 2016. Submissions should be emailed to ThamesEstuary@communities.gsi.gov.uk.