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Mayor of London grants outline planning permission for UCL East

28 March 2018

The Mayor of London has granted outline planning permission for UCL East – a key milestone in UCL’s plans to create a vibrant new university campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

UCL East Orbit

Submitted at the end of May 2017 by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and UCL, the application followed consultation on UCL East from summer 2015 to winter 2016. At the end of 2017, there was a unanimous resolution from the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee to grant outline planning permission for UCL East, subject to finalisation of planning conditions.

"UCL East is a key part of our long-term strategy to maintain our position in the world’s top 10 research intensive universities and provide students with a world-class, research-based education. The project is being directed by academics for the benefit of our intellectual community and we are thrilled to celebrate this key milestone," said Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost.

"We are a significant step closer to facilitating the pioneering, engaging and cross-disciplinary activity we have planned for the site, which has a strong focus on public access and engagement, and we are grateful to the Mayor’s Office for their support in achieving this."

UCL East is part of a major regeneration development that aims to transform the area and bring educational, cultural and economic benefits to local communities. As a founding partner of the cultural and education district (CED), UCL will be located alongside some of London’s most prestigious institutions, including planned new spaces for the V&A, London College of Fashion (part of UAL) and Sadler’s Wells.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted to grant outline planning permission for UCL’s exciting new campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. UCL East promises to build on UCL’s reputation as a world-leading education and research institution and will sit at the heart of a new culture and education district in Stratford. As this new development takes shape it will cement London’s reputation as the best place in the world to study, work and visit.”

To find out more about the UCL East masterplan click here.

The creation of UCL East is being supported by the It’s All Academic Campaign as a flagship component of one of our key priority areas; London. To read more about how the Campaign will support the development of this new campus, and enable academics to think disruptively about what a university can, and should be, click here.