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Terry Farrell to advise on Thames Gateway - and masterplan Kent

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Terry Farrell has bagged two more design guru roles: as guide on future development in the Thames Gateway and masterplanning advisor for Kent County Council

The twin appointments come just days after London Mayor Boris Johnson named Farrell on the board of the Outer London Commission – the capital’s new suburban ‘task force’.

The 69-year-old has been asked to draw up a 20-year vision for the Kent ‘encompassing regeneration, transport, housing, landscape and economic growth'.

Farrell, who lives in Kent, is already design champion for the Medway towns and the Thames Gateway Parklands. He commented: ‘While Kent is home to some of the biggest drivers of the national economy, such as the Channel Tunnel, it also has patches of great deprivation.

‘I am keen to work with Kent County Council to produce a vision of regeneration that will help Kent secure a prosperous future as one of this country’s finest and most successful places.’

In a separate development, Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), today announced Farrell has been appointed to advise him personally on future development in the Thames Gateway.

In addition to this appointment, Kerslake has also tasked Farrell and his practice to lead work on a core vision for the Thames Gateway, to guide the economic and social development in the region.

Speaking at the Thames Gateway Forum, Farrell said: 'I am thrilled by this appointment. I am particularly pleased that Sir Bob and the HCA recognise that my work up to now on the Thames Gateway Parklands has established clearly that landscape and environmental infrastructure is integral to the core vision for the Thames Gateway.

'I am delighted that Sir Bob has recognised the value of what my practice and I have achieved, and has consequently extended my role as a strategic advisor to him and that of my practice in developing and articulating our vision for the physical, economic and social development of the Thames Gateway.'

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