Planning powers at Hackney Wick and Olympic Park to return to Hackney Council
Control over new development in Hackney Wick and the parts of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will return to Hackney Council from next year after the Council approved plans to transfer planning powers back from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
The decision, approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 27 November, will see the Council take back responsibility for setting planning policies, making decisions on planning applications and placing levies on new developments in Hackney Wick and the area around Here East for the first time since London 2012.
The move is part of an agreement with the LLDC – who since the games have overseen all new development in and around the Olympic Park – for planning powers to be transferred back to the host boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest from 1 December 2024.
This will mark the first big milestone in local councils having a bigger role in the future of the Olympic Park, providing greater democratic control over decisions about the area and a renewed focus on ensuring that local communities are the first to benefit from the long-term Olympic legacy.
We are now more than ten years on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which is a timely moment to not only remember the success of the Games themselves but also to acknowledge and embrace the extraordinary Olympic legacy that Hackney working alongside a range of partners have been instrumental in securing.
This is an Olympic legacy of depth and substance not seen or experienced anywhere else in the world. Hackney has worked closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Mayor of London to ensure that Hackney’s communities have benefited from this legacy, whilst making sure that local residents and businesses do not get pushed aside or forgotten about.
Now with the return of planning powers to the Council, there is the means to realise the next chapter of the 2012 legacy in a way that ensures the decisions about new development in Hackney Wick are made by Hackney’s communities for the community. The 2012 Legacy has come full circle and its back where the bid began – with the residents of Hackney Wick.
Since London 2012, the Council has worked with the LLDC to ensure the growth of Hackney Wick benefits local communities and protects the area’s creative heart. This includes delivering a new, inclusive town centre through the Hackney Wick masterplan; putting in place new planning rules to ensure development provides genuinely affordable workspace; repurposing council-owned land to create new community facilities; and overseeing a 60% increase in creative-sector jobs through the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone.