The local councils that surround the Olympic Park are taking back planning control over their areas from the end of 2024, having lost it in 2012.

Round boundary map from Mayoral decision overlaid on google maps

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has managed the Olympic park and had planning control over the wider area ever since it was set up in 2012 as part of the London 2012 bid to manage the physical and regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) and the surrounding area.

Since then, the LLDC has managed the post-Olympics development of the Olympic site, and also managed the planning approvals for Hackney Wick, Fish Island, Bromley-by-Bow, Sugar House Lane, the Carpenters Estate and Westfield Stratford City.

As the area is reaching the point where developments within the main park are pretty much all signed off or being built, it’s been agreed that the local councils that surround the park should reclaim planning controls over their patches.

Most of the area controlled by the LLDC will revert back to the local councils from 1st December 2024 — so depending on your perspective as a developer or homeowner, you either want to get a planning application in sharpish or hold off until 2025.

The LLDC will retain control over a smaller patch, mostly within the Olympic Park, and will still function as an organisation running the QEOP. Although the reduced area will still sit within Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, no part of Waltham Forest will be within the LLDC controlled area, so the borough will also cease to have a representative at the LLDC.

With its reduced role, the LLDC will also change to a new organisation from April 2025, with a focus on becoming financially sustainable without ongoing GLA funding – although the London Stadium will be exempt from that requirement, due to the controversial 99-year lease signed with West Ham football club.

A consultation will open on the plans, so the boundaries in the map below may change a bit, but not by much.

But slowly, bit by bit, the regeneration of this part of East London is reaching its completion.


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  1. Kate says:

    About time, should have been scaled back 5 years ago let alone in a few more years. The area south was wayy too overstepping imo. Massive parts and proposals have even been approved within the last couple years with no local elected councillors even approving it, just a bunch of unellected people.

    Doesn’t seem like this’ll mean anything by 2025 anyway, the scaled back boundary is still keeping the parts which haven’t had stuff started on them yet(the gasworks bit by the newpaper printers south on the map). Looks like they’re keeping the bit where the temporary Abba venue is too so they can decide what goes there after. Pretty much all parts being handed back have had stuff recently built so will have almost no changes for decades.

    Their planning portal is the worse in London too, probably the entire UK but of course i can’t say that for sure.

    • Ant says:

      Really? Seems like there is still loads of development waiting to happen on Fish Island and Hackney Wick – has that all been approved already?

  2. Jon H says:

    I doubt this means they will remove the estate charge for new builds in the old LLDC boundary.

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