Legacy company starts local plan process for Olympic Park

The development company with planning responsibility for the Olympic Park has begun its preparation of a local plan for the area, which would outline development goals up to 2030.

A visualisation of the Olympic Park after the planned legacy redevelopment
A visualisation of the Olympic Park after the planned legacy redevelopment

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has launched a consultation asking for the views of residents living near what is now called the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.

As the planning authority for the park and the surrounding area, the LLDC must produce a local plan outlining how the area would develop up until 2030.

As part of the consultation, the LLDC is issuing a call for sites, asking people to suggest potential sites for future development.

The LLDC said the local plan would include policies for the number of new homes needed in the area, encouraging jobs and growth, and how to deal with the impact of development on traffic, waste water and other resources.

The plan would form the basis for guiding the LLDC’s future planning decisions, including determining planning applications.

Vivienne Ramsey, the LLDC’s director of planning polices and decisions, said: "We need the input of local people to help us put together the local plan."

She added that the plan would "shape development in the area for a generation".

According to the LLDC, when the consultation finishes at the end of December, its planning officers will begin selecting areas of land for uses such as housing or commercial space and developing draft policies.

The corporation hopes the draft plan, following a further consultation, will be examined in the spring or summer of 2014, before the final version is formally adopted in the autumn of that year.

Currently, the park’s planning policies are based on the adopted core strategies and area action plans of the four London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, which will remain in place until the LLDC local pan is adopted.

More information on the LLDC local plan can be found here.

john.geoghegan@haymarket.com


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