Created by the Environment Agency the Thames Gateway Environmental Standards guideline set out environmental benefits it believes are achievable through regeneration, growth and development.

The gateway region roughly stretches from the estuary of the Thames in south Essex through east London and down to the estuary in north Kent.

It’s currently the UK’s largest regeneration project with various construction and remediation schemes currently taking place including the Olympics in east London and a planned multi-billion-pound port in Tilbury Essex.

The standards bring together the agency’s current policy, guidance and best practice on a range of environmental issues – to demonstrate what businesses should be aiming for in the eco-region.

It highlights a number of environmental actions including safer communities living with climate change, sustainable living at low cost to the environment and people and a greener and healthier environment for people to enjoy.

The agency’s Thames Estuary programme executive, Dave Wardle, said: “For us the standards set out what we think regeneration can deliver for the environment and what the environment can deliver for regeneration.

“A good quality environment can attract investment and it is also a sound investment for all our futures.

“With the standards, we have set out what key people need to do to plan for a greener and healthier future – to both overcome the constraints and take advantage of the opportunities.

“I look forward to witnessing these standards help create a high quality and accessible environment where people will want to live, work, and visit.”

For a copy of the Standards you can write to: Environment Agency, Thames Estuary Programme, 110 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9SA.

Luke Walsh

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