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The TCPA was commissioned by the British Embassy Beijing to produce an accessible and high level bilingual report for key decision-makers in Chinese provincial and local governments on urbanisation lessons of Greater London, in particular to help the Beijing Development and Reform Commission.
This report describes the experiences of the growth and evolution of London, and the South East region surrounding it. The report which was produced and presented at an event at the 2015 UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue explains the lessons from the intervention of national government in the United Kingdom since the Second World War in establishing the regional structure for the South East of England, creating the framework for economic development and making key interventions for investment. It also sets the scene for new town development corporations in delivering the UK's new towns programme.
From London’s experience, national government can play a major, lasting role in developing regions and citiesthrough setting a regional framework tomanage the scale and type of growth. With the economic roles and rationales of areas clearly established, and with the support of infrastructure investment, local areas and authorities have the independence to make future decisions.
The research was undertaken by Henry Smith and Michael Chang (TCPA) and has been compiled with the expert contribution of Lee Shostak OBE (TCPA Trustee), officers from the Greater London Authority (GLA), and Dr Wei Yang (Wei Yang & Partners). It has also been compiled with assistance from Matthew Cao and Nan Li.
The TCPA is grateful to the British Embassy Beijing for supporting this project.