The Joint Thames Strategy Refresh is a project currently underway that aims to update and improve the existing Joint Thames Strategies, a decade on. These strategies are material considerations guidance within the London Plan, focusing on different sections of the River Thames.
Working collaboratively on guidance allows each area to build their individual policies while having the support of the entire network. The JTSR aim to help brought to enhance and evolve their current policy to be inline with the fast approaching deadlines set out in TE2100
The Joint Thames Strategy is being delivered by Thames Estuary Partnership and Thames Landscape Strategy in partnership with the London Borough or Richmond upon Thames.
The refresh will ensure the strategies are consistent with the latest Thames Estuary 2100 (TE2100) plan, which addresses flood risk management in the context of climate change.
The project aims to develop strategies for the currently missing sections between Chelsea and Tower Bridge, and the Thames Estuary below Gravesend.
This involves updating the three existing strategies (Thames Landscape Strategy Weybridge to Kew, Thames Strategy Kew to Chelsea, Thames Strategy East) to reflect current needs and challenges.
The updated strategies will help local authorities and other planning bodies create their own Riverside Strategies, aiming for implementation by 2030.
The JTS Refresh aims to ensure flood defences are effective and well-integrated with surrounding developments.
The project seeks to achieve positive outcomes beyond flood management, including enhanced environmental quality,increased recreational opportunities, and economic growth along the river.
The refresh process involves collaboration between various stakeholders, including local authorities, agencies, and communities.
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