Decentralized implementation of flood resilience measures – a blessing or a curse? lessons from the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan and the Royal Docks regeneration

Britta Restemeyer, Margo van den Brink, Johan Woltjer

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Abstract

This article presents a case study on the implementation of the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan in the Royal Docks, a regeneration project in the East of London. On paper, the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan advances the shift from traditional flood control to flood resilience, because of its long-term horizon, estuary-wide approach, and emphasis on floodplain management. In practice, however, we identify three frictions between vision and reality: a lack of local ownership of the plan, a lack of clear guidance for floodplain management, and limited capacities with local authority. These frictions suggest an ongoing ‘public-public divide’ in decentralized governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-83
JournalPlanning practice and research
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • flood risk management
  • spatial planning
  • decentralization
  • united kingdom

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