Assembly unanimously backs creation of Olympic Development Corporation

18 January 2012

The London Assembly today unanimously supported the establishment of a mayoral development area[1] in and around the Olympic Park. [2]

The proposal by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will see the Olympic Park Legacy Company reformed as a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) with responsibility for the post-Games development of the site.

The plans will now go forward to Parliament for the formal establishment of the MDC. The corporation will have responsibilities that include planning decisions within its boundaries.

London Assembly Deputy Chair Dee Doocey said:

“The Assembly has always believed that the most important benefit of hosting the 2012 Games is the opportunity to revitalise the East End of London.

The creation of a Mayoral Development Corporation sets a clear structure to deliver that regeneration and places responsibility for it firmly in the hands of the Mayor.

As we told the Mayor today, the Assembly is determined to see that the MDC operates in an open and transparent fashion that enables local people within its boundaries to have a substantial input into the future of their neighbourhoods.”

Notes for Editors:

  1. The Localism Act 2011 provides that the Mayor may designate any area of land in Greater London as a mayoral development area, s197 (5) of the act provides that the London Assembly may reject such proposals by a two-thirds majority.
  2. The Mayor proposes to include the following in the development area:
  • The core Olympic Park, comprising land owned by Olympic Park Legacy Company and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, including Eton Manor
  • The Olympic Village and associated development sites owned by London & Continental Railways Ltd and (until recently) the Olympic Delivery Authority
  • The Stratford City development site, including the Westfield Shopping Centre and Chobham Farm
  • Hackney Wick and Fish Island
  • Bromley-by-Bow North (with a southern boundary at the District Line)
  • Pudding Mill Lane and Sugarhouse Lane
  • Three Mills and Mill Meads
  • Carpenters Estate


3.         Map of the mayoral development area

4.         Further details of the MDC proposals

5.         As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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