The plan to merge the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation (DC) into the national housing and regeneration agency have been ditched, according to the agency.
Regeneration Net reports that the DC had been scheduled to be incorporated into the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in the spring. Shahid Malik, the former minister responsible for the Thames Gateway, announced the move earlier this year, saying that the DC’s planning powers and staff would be transferred to the agency. At the time Malik said the move would “improve efficiency” in driving forward regeneration in the Thames Gateway.
But a spokeswoman for the HCA said yesterday that the UDC would no longer be integrated into the agency. “The recent quinquennial review of the DC made some recommendations that Thurrock would become part of the HCA. This has been reviewed and is no longer the case,” she said.
The Department for Communities and Local Government would not confirm the change of plan.
A spokesman said: “As part of the department’s review of arms-length organisations, we are reviewing the previous government’s decision on Thurrock and an announcement on this will be made shortly.”