Boris Johnson to take charge of Olympic regeneration plans that include Tower Hamlets

Plans by Boris Johnson to oversee the East End regeneration legacy on the back of the 2012 Games moved a step closer this week.

The London Assembly last week unanimously supported the London Mayor’s proposal to establish a mayoral development area in and around the Olympic Park, including parts of Tower Hamlets.

The plans will see the Olympic Park Legacy Company, currently overseeing the park, reformed as a Mayoral Development Corporation.

Using new powers given to him under the Localism Act, Mr Johnson will make the corporation the planning authority for the site after the Games.

Under the deal assets worth �4m within the site would be transferred to the corporation from the London Thames Gateway currently overseeing parts of the area.

London Assembly Deputy Chair, Dee Doocey, said: “The Assembly has always believed the most important benefit of hosting the Games is the opportunity to revitalise the East End.

“The corporation sets a clear structure to deliver that regeneration and places responsibility for it firmly in the hands of the Mayor.”

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But Bow East councillor Marc Francis, who will see part of his constituency come under the corporation’s remit hit out at Mr Johnson for “not consulting” residents properly about setting up the corporation.

He believes a recent decision by LTGC to allow a night club at Swan Wharf close to residents’ homes on Fish Island shows that such decisions should be made by Tower Hamlets.

“Recent experience shows the council is much better placed than a distant quango to take planning decisions on Fish Island,” he said.

Areas covered under the plans include the Olympic Park, Stratford City, Fish Island, Bromley-by-Bow North, Hackney Wick, Pudding Mill Lane, Sugarhouse Lane, Carpenters Estate, Three Mills and Mill Meads.

The plans will now be put to Parliament.

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