Lee Valley Regional Park

Park Development Framework

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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 are working 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) of the total Park area. It is our duty to use our available resources to develop and manage that estate. We know we will need to work closely with a range of partners, and seek additional resources and expertise, in order to deliver the features, facilities and activities that contribute to our vision and aims for 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. The success of our Park vision is hugely dependant on other landowners and managers working together towards a shared aspiration. A vital part of our future work is working alongside the land owners to achieve our vision for the Park; to work collectively towards Park-wide coordinated and complementary facilities, attractions and activities, and to assist each other where appropriate with shared resources, advice and expertise

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 impact on, the Park. We will 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.

We will:

  • Oppose in principle any planning applications relating to land within the Park that include land uses which are not compliant with the purpose of the Park (as set out in Section 12 of the Park Act).
  • Seek to ensure that all planning approvals relating to land within the Park will lead to a positive contribution to our vision, aims and objectives.
  • Seek to ensure that all planning approvals relating to land outside the Park boundaries will have no negative impact on the Park, and where possible lead to a positive contribution to our vision, aims and objectives.
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