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PLANS FOR LONDON DEVELOPMENT UNVEILED

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The draft framework for the economic development of London - to be launched today - will say the drive for sustaina...
The draft framework for the economic development of London - to be launched today - will say the drive for sustainable growth in the capital must be a 'borderless pursuit'.

Minister for London Nick Raynsford and the chairman of the London Development Partnership, Lord Marshall, will emphasise the need for economic, social and environmental priorities to be pursued in an integrated way.

The Financial Times (10) reports that the document will stress the importance of ensuring areas of the capital that have not shared fully in economic growth - notably east London - receive urgent attention.

Public, private and voluntary sector organisations involved in London's economic development are urged to compromise on individual priorities when this is necessary to secure more fundamental, shared objectives.

By emphasising the need to treat economic, social and environmental issues as equally important components of policy, the London report reflects the broadly based approach to regneration that ministers want the English regional development agencies to pursue.

The shortlist of potential sites for the headquarters for the mayor and assembly will also be revealed in the document. The list will include new developments and existing buildings, spanning a wide area of central London and Docklands.

Although there will be no formal consultation on the final choice, ministers and officials will assess public reaction to the options.

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