Lee Valley Regional Park

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1.1 The Lee Valley Regional Park

The Lee Valley Regional Park was created on the 1st January 1967, through an Act of Parliament: the Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966. The purpose of the Park is clearly defined in the Park Act, as:


"… a place for the occupation of leisure, recreation, sport, games or amusements or any similar activity, for the provision of nature reserves and for the provision and enjoyment of entertainments of any kind." Section 12(1) Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966


The Park includes over 10,000 acres (4,000ha) and winds its way 26 miles: along the banks of the River Lee from Ware in Hertfordshire, down through Essex, North London, and past Olympic Park to East India Dock Basin on the River Thames.


The Park is a fantastic mix of sport and leisure venues, heritage sites, gardens, nature reserves and riverside trails; offering an endless range of things to do. It is easy to reach by bike, car, train, or on foot, and visitors can spend anything from a few hours to a few days enjoying and exploring.


The Park is also one of the homes of the most exciting events in the world – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Games will not only provide a great sporting spectacle, but will deliver a lasting benefit for the Park; four world-class sports venues are to be located within the Park boundary, with the remaining Olympic venues and parklands situated alongside.


1.2 The Park Authority

The Park Act, which established the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, placed a duty on the Authority to develop, improve, preserve and manage the Park, either directly or through others.


We work towards delivering this duty in three key ways:

  • As owner and manager of land and facilities within the Park: we own and manage approximately 3,800 acres (1,500ha) within the Park,
  • As a champion, leader, facilitator and coordinator of other landowners within the Park: the remaining 6,200 acres (2,500ha) of the Park, is owned and managed by others.
  • As a statutory planning consultee: The Act confers on the Authority the role of a statutory planning consultee. This means that we must be consulted on any planning applications within, or which impacts on, the Park, and we use this role to continue to champion the Park and to do everything we can to ensure that local planning authorities give appropriate regard to our aims and purposes.

1.3 The Park Development Framework

The Park Development Framework (PDF) sets out the Park Authority’s aspirations for future development and management.

There are a number of core documents that make up the PDF:

  • Vision, Aims and Guiding Principles
  • Objectives and proposals, which will be produced in two complementary documents. These documents are programmed to be completed in 2011. These focus on:
    • Thematic proposals, setting out our proposals throughout the Park for each of our six aims, i.e. Visitors, Sport and Recreation, Biodiversity, Community, Landscape and Heritage, Environment.
    • Area specific plans, setting out our proposals for the Park on a more detailed location basis.

There is also a range of other documents that provide additional information to support the core documents identified above. These include this document: the Statement of Community Involvement.


For more information regarding the PDF, please refer to the Park Development Scheme.


1.4 The Statement of Community Involvement

This Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is an important supporting document. It outlines how we will involve our stakeholders and the wider community in developing this plan for the Regional Park’s future.


1.5 How can I get involved?

This document explains how you can get involved in planning for the future of the Lee Valley Regional Park. It sets out what we are planning to do and when in order to gather the views of those with an interest in the future of the Regional Park. It also describes how you can find out about these opportunities and events, and what chances you will have to offer your views. If you have any questions after reading this document, you can contact us for further information, following the contact details at the back of this document.


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