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.
Restemeyer, B., van den Brink, M., & Woltjer, J. (2018). Decentralized implementation of flood resilience measures – a blessing or a curse? lessons from the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan and the Royal Docks regeneration. Planning practice and research, 34(1), 62-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2018.1546918