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Next steps for the Thames Estuary - TE2100 | Sustainable growth | Infrastructure priorities | Balancing development with environmental schemes | Flood defence | Maximising benefit for riverside communities | Hydrogen hub

April 2024

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference focused 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 was 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 considered 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 assessed 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 considered 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 also examined 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 have been 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 was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from DBT; Defra; DLUHC; DfT; DSIT; EA; Homes England; HoC Library; MMO; NAO; and the Planning Inspectorate.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda