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Olympic legacy planning chief revealed

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Vivienne Ramsey will take charge of planning decisions at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) from 1 October

Alongside responsibility for regenerating the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from the start of next month the development corporation is set to become a new planning authority covering the former 2012 Games site and surrounding areas in east London.

Led by current ODA planning director Vivienne Ramsey, a new planning policy and decisions team has been created to determine planning applications, appeals, enforcement and listed building consents.

The team will also prepare a local plan for the area, as well as setting its own community infrastructure levy charge and provide support to the Legacy Corporation’s Planning Decisions Committee as it makes decisions on applications.

LLDC 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.

‘Being a single point of contact for regeneration – landowner, developer, planning authority and investor – will better enable us to secure and promote high-quality sustainable development and investment in order to benefit local communities.’

Ramsey said: ‘We look forward to working closely with the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest and the Mayor’s Office to develop a planning service that works for all communities.’

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