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Terry Farrell criticises government's Thames Gateway plans

Terry Farrell has warned the governing bodies in control of the Thames Gateway that their method of regenerating the region is ‘wrong’.

Farrell, who unveiled his parklands proposals for the Thames Gateway today, also told the AJ that the major stakeholders in the regeneration project are ‘too target obsessed’.

He said: ‘The whole of the regeneration of the Gateway has been set on the wrong basis. The number of jobs created, the number of houses – these are all things that are beyond their control. That’s not a plan.

‘The government was relying on the private sector. What the government needs to do is set the leadership, which the private sector can then respond to.’

Peter Andrews, chief executive of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a major stakeholders in the Thames Gateway, said he was ‘concerned’ by Farrell’s view.

‘We have to have targets; we have to report outputs and outcomes to government,’ he said.

‘I can understand, certainly in the current financial climate, where Terry is coming from, but we have to know where the houses are going to go, and how many there will be... We are not projecting housing and employment targets for the next couple of years, but for the next 25.’

A Communities and Local Government spokesman said: ‘For a project of this size it’s essential we have a clear strategy to ensure progress is actually being made.’

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