Morning, Friday, 15th March 2024
This conference will focus on next steps for the Thames Estuary, including proposals to support green growth and development within the context of the Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) plan.
It will be an opportunity for policymakers and key local stakeholders to examine strategies for implementing proposals aiming to achieve the environmental, economic and social objectives outlined in TE2100.
Discussion will consider the way forward for sustainable growth in the Estuary region, including:
- priorities for riverside planning and development
- the Estuary’s potential as a green hydrogen hub, and its future role in the UK’s port and maritime sector
- strategies for long-term investment, skills development and engagement with riverside communities and local authorities
Delegates will assess challenges and next steps for local leaders and stakeholders, with discussion on planning issues, objectives and regulation, alongside potential economic opportunities associated with development projects along the Estuary, and how these are impacted by planning controls and stakeholder co-ordination.
Further sessions will consider next steps for the Estuary’s flood defences, including placemaking and community connection in developing flood responses, as well as the Estuary’s role in tackling nature and climate emergencies.
Discussion will also examine the way forward for heavy infrastructure projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and the future of the Thames Barrier, as well as the impact the Thames Freeport will have on trade and investment in the region, and in boosting economic and commercial opportunities across the Estuary.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Laura Littleton, Thames Estuary 2100 Manager, Environment Agency; Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, London Climate Resilience Review; Professor Chris Baines, President, Thames Estuary Partnership; Chris McMahon, Programme Services Director, Lower Thames Crossing; and Joanna Rowelle, Director, Arup.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DBT; Defra; DLUHC; DfT; DSIT; EA; Homes England; HoC Library; MMO; NAO; and the Planning Inspectorate.