Decentralized Implementation of Flood Resilience Measures – A Blessing or a Curse? Lessons from the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan and the Royal Docks Regeneration

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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
Number of pages22
JournalPlanning, Practice & Research
Volume34
Issue number1
Early online dateNov-2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • RISK-MANAGEMENT
  • PRIVATE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • LOCALISM
  • LAND
  • CITY

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