Post-2012 Development Plan for East London (Jan 2013)

30th January 2013

Towards a post-2012 development plan for East London

UEL Seminar Series – Beyond 2012: the Olympics and the Regeneration of East London

UEL is holding a series of seminars to explore the transformation of East London beyond 2012. The aim of the seminars is to create a knowledge platform that may inform the longer term social, economic and cultural development of the area. The seminars will discuss and debate the issues arising in the shaping of place in one of the world’s leading global cities.

The seminars address a series of questions, including:  Are there any broader, longer term plans for East London to maximise the Olympic contribution to the city’s expansion eastwards? What else is happening, or should be happening, to deliver the better quality of life to local residents? Who is responsible for drawing up and managing such a plan? What roles should the public and private sectors and international investors play in the expansion of the city eastwards?

2nd Seminar:  30th January 2013, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Over the last few decades East London has never been short of development ambition – Water City, Thames Gateway, Arc of Opportunity, Digital peninsula, planned riverside communities and new quarters, and it now has an impressive set of elements – global financial centre, entertainments complex, exhibition centre and now the Olympic Park, which were unthinkable even thirty years ago. But large gaps still remain, and a credible big picture of how it will evolve into the new century, based around a clear understanding of its role in 21st century London, is harder to find.

Guest Speakers:

Eric Sorensen

Eric Sorensen has been at the centre of urban policy and practice in London for decades. As a senior civil servant he managed the first inner city Directorate at the then Department of Education (DoE), before moving on to become chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) from 1991 to its closure in 1997. He led the London Development Partnership which advised the incoming Mayor in 2000 on strategic priorities for London, and then led the London Thames Gateway Partnership. He has recently retired as Chief Executive of the Central London Partnership.

Martin Crookston

Martin Crookston is one of the most experienced and respected consultants in the country in the field of regeneration and urban planning. As Director of Llewellyn Davies he managed the East Thames Corridor study for Michael Heseltine which gave rise to the Thames Gateway and has undertaken numerous studies on east London issues, including Thames River crossings and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, where he helped prepare the case for Stratford station. Recently he has been advising Tower Hamlets on Olympic legacy.


Ralph Ward

Ralph Ward has recently retired from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as their planning and regeneration adviser on Thames Gateway and Olympic legacy. He worked in the London Development Unit in Government Office for London (GOL) when it managed London’s strategic development issues prior to the arrival of the GLA, and before that as a senior development planner for LDDC. He is now a visiting Professor at LERI, UEL.


London Legacy Development Corporation, Level 10, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London E20 1EJ


Some of the presentations are available for download here:

Crookstone_From the Local to the Strategic_Beyond 2012


If you would like to find out more about this seminar, please have a look at this THINKPIECE by Ralph Ward, summarising the presentations and the following discussion at this seminar: Ralph Ward_Thinkpiece_Post-2012 Development Plan for East London.

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