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The East Thames is the answer to the housing crisis

Could a new Milton Keynes-style town spark a boom in the Thames Estuary which governments have attempted to redevelop for decades?

By Michael Heseltine  

The redevelopment of London's Docklands began in 1989

The redevelopment of London’s docklands began in 1989      © AP/Press Association Images

My involvement with London’s docklands came about entirely by accident. In the early seventies, as Minister for Aerospace, I was responsible for drawing up plans for a new London airport just off the Essex coast. I chartered a light aircraft and flew out along the Thames in order to survey the proposed site on the Foulness mudflats. The airport has of course never been built, but the trip was far from wasted.

As I…

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