Land Development in the Lower Lea Valley

MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The London Development Agency is currently buying land in the Lower Lea Valley that would be required for wider redevelopment but not the Olympics. If the 2012 bid fails will the London Development Agency buy and develop the sites that would otherwise have been used as Olympic venues? What (if anything) will they be turned into?


Answer for Land Development in the Lower Lea Valley

Answer for Land Development in the Lower Lea Valley

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The LDA is acquiring strategic land holdings in the Lower Lea Valley, within London Boroughs of Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham. These sites, in some cases outside the Olympic master plan area, have been identified as key to delivering the wider regeneration of the area in both Olympic and non-Olympic scenarios. Under the Olympic scenario the land holdings within the Olympic area will be used in accordance with the Olympic & Olympic Legacy masterplan that was given planning permission on 1 Oct 2004. The remaining land that would be required to host the 2012 Olympic Games is being acquired on a conditional basis and would only be purchased in the event of a successful bid. The land being acquired by the LDA outside the Olympic area is identified as offering important regeneration opportunities and will be used to support hosting the Games both in terms of potential business relocation sites as well as building on the opportunities brought forward by the Games themselves.

The LDA is preparing, with the GLA and the Boroughs, a development framework for the whole of the Lea Valley. This is a framework document that identifies how regeneration could be delivered. The Lea Valley is a central pillar of both the Government's Sustainable Communities Plan, my EDS and the London Plan.