Lee Valley Regional Park

Park Development Framework

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Where are we now?

Within the Park itself there is a range of accommodation available including camping and caravan sites (touring and static), a YHA hostel, chalets and private cottages. Visitors travelling within the Park or through the Park by boat may also choose to stay overnight using existing temporary moorings.

Hotel and B&B style accommodation is found outside the Park (most notably around Hertford, Epping and Waltham Abbey), although provision is often at some distance from sites or facilities. Budget hotel options exist adjacent to the Park boundary on Sewardstone Road, close to Gunpowder Park. Further afield, within the London area, the hotel options are located at a greater distance from the Park (e.g. Enfield, Rammey Marsh, Hackney, Walthamstow and at Leyton). Budget options in this area can be found at Stratford.

What do we want to achieve?

To provide a range of short stay accommodation opportunities for the primary purpose of extending the use and enjoyment of the Park.

We want to develop these in a number of locations, with each offering a different mix of accommodation types and character (but all delivering high quality design and standards).

To provide accommodation that includes hotel, hostel, holiday village, touring caravan/mobile home, camping and short term mooring on the Navigation.

How will we deliver?

On our estate

We will

  • Continue to operate the existing accommodation offer at Lee Valley Campsite (Sewardstone) and explore opportunities for future enhancement, expansion and management through commercial partnership.
  • Explore commercial partnership opportunities for new accommodation facilities at:
    • Lee Valley Leisure Complex (at Picketts Lock)
      • Expansion and upgrade of existing facilities
      • Potential site for primary accommodation in south of the Park (as part of a major new leisure offer on the site). This will exploit the proximity to London and good road access.
      • Camping, touring caravan, holiday village, hostel, hotel, moorings at:
    • Dobbs Weir
      • Camping, touring caravan, holiday village, hostel and moorings
    • Lea Bridge Road
      • Camping, touring caravan, holiday village, hostel and moorings
    • River Lee Country Park (Waltham Abbey and Royal Gunpowder Mills)
      • Potential new accommodation offer near the Lee Valley White Water Centre
      • Small scale seasonal camping, touring caravan/mobile home, hostel, hotel
    • Broxbourne
      • Potential site for primary accommodation node in north of Park, building on leisure and recreation opportunities of River Lee Country Park, river and Navigation and surrounding environs
      • Holiday village, moorings and/or marina, camping
  • Explore opportunities to provide temporary accommodation facilities that could support the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
  • Explore opportunities to enhance existing, and develop new, recreational moorings.

Working with others

We will

  • Continue to support the existing accommodation offer within the Park and maximise opportunities for joint marketing promotions. Key sites include:
    • Roydon Mill Leisure Park
    • YHA Lee Valley (Youth Hostel Association, Cheshunt)
  • Support the development of additional accommodation opportunities that complement existing or planned accommodation elsewhere in the Park, and which meet the needs of other Park facilities users. Possible sites include:
    • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
      • Potential hotel and hostel accommodation to complement nearby hotel offer within and around Stratford City
    • Lea Bridge Road
      • Potential accommodation offer as part of the future development opportunity in the Lea Bridge area
  • Work in partnership with British Waterways and other partners to explore opportunities to enhance existing, and develop new, recreational moorings.
  • Work in partnership with accommodation providers beyond the Park boundary to develop mutually beneficial activity and marketing packages.


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