Delivery agencies across Thames Gateway are working up plans to introduce planning tariffs to improve the area’s infrastructure.

Lorraine Baldry, chair of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, said at the Labour conference that the organisation was developing a planning charge, which could be set at £8000 a home. The charge would cover the lower Lea Valley, which is next to the Olympic site.

Existing sources of public funding generate about £12,000, leaving a shortfall of £8000.

The High Court ruled this week that English Partnerships had acted unlawfully when it put forward a compulsory purchase order for more than 350 homes in the Edge Lane district in Liverpool. Observers say the precedent could stop further demolition under John Prescott’s Pathfinder initiative.