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London legacy firm to take on new planning powers

The London Legacy Development Corporation is to take on new planning powers to help redevelop the Olympic Park.

From 1 October the corporation will become the local planning authority for the Park and adjoining areas in Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Newham, as had the Olympic Delivery Authority for the duration of the construction ahead of the London 2012 Games.

New powers for the Planning and Policy and Decisions Team include determining planning applications, appeals, enforcement and listed building consents.

Olympic Delivery Authority director Vivienne Ramsey will lead the new team. Plans include preparing a Local Plan and setting up its own Community Infrastructure Levy.

London Legacy Development Corporation interim chief executive Dennis Hone said: “Taking on these functions and this team is the next logical step in ensuring that we are able to maximise London’s 2012 legacy through developing Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas of east London.”

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