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Farrell calls for National Park at the heart of east London expansion

Terry Farrell has outlined proposals to transform London's Thames Gateway into a new National Park as a framework for the ODPM's house-building programme.

Farrell - speaking at an event organised by his practice yesterday - called on the government to put a new rural landscape at the heart of the east London expansion.

He claimed the 'vast majority of the Thames Gateway area is rural', pointing out that the government's house-building targets could be reached using only a small proportion of the land.

'It is a desperate landscape that has suffered hugely from industrialisation and neglect; not a positive place to start as an attraction to new inhabitants and visitors, ' Farrell said. 'Yet the landscape of the UK is almost entirely man-made and we have the choice to remake it.We should transform the Thames Gateway from dispirited and neglected into a very positive, fine new landscape.

'New parks and commons with the quality and stewardship of London's Royal Parks would actually have a positive effect in the region, creating new opportunities for ecological balance, tourism and employment, ' he added. 'Why not a new type of National Park for the Thames Gateway?'

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