Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sphere Planning Application

In March 2019, the Planning Policy and Decisions Team received a planning application for a large-scale live music and entertainment venue from The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). The proposal is for a spherical shaped building next to Stratford Station that would provide an auditorium (capacity for up to 21,500 people), a music venue, nightclub, members lounge, restaurants, bars, and new bridges to create pedestrian connections across the site amongst other things.

The building is a first for London because externally the spherical building would be composed of a ‘skin’ of LED’s. These LED’s would be programmable and could display images on the surface of the building including adverts.

Application Documents 

detailed planning application and has been submitted which comprises a number of plans, drawings and documents that can be viewed on our website. An advertisement consent has also been submitted which comprises a number of plans and a design statement which is also available on our website.

Both applications can all be viewed via the Planning Application Register, using the following reference numbers:

  • Full Planning Application: 19/00097/FUL
  • Advertisement Consent Application: 19/00098/ADV

Public Consultation


A Key Fact Sheet was produced for the consultation events to provide overview of the planning application, the proposal, the planning process and LLDC’s role in the process. Please click on the image below to view the fact sheet:

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The Planning Policy and Decisions Team received approximately 800 responses to the planning applications, of which roughly 60% object and 40% support the proposed MSG Sphere. Approximately 90% of the responses were from addresses located within the Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. All responses will be considered relevant to both applications.

What happens now?

Further Information Request 


The Planning Policy and Decisions has requested further information to assess the planning application from the applicant, pursuant to Regulation 25 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations. This request letter can be viewed and/or downloaded below:

We will consult with the public and host events when we have new information. We are expecting this to take place in Winter 2019/2020. This page will be updated when we have new information.

The planning application will be determined by the LLDC Planning Decision Committee, after the Planning Policy Decisions Team have reviewed the submission and all written responses received during the consultation period. No date is currently set and it is considered that the earliest this could take place is 2020. This page will be updated in due course once the date for Committee is known.

Planning Documentation 


Various key documents, which provide an overview of the proposal can be viewed and/or download below. Please be aware some of these documents are quite large and may take sometime to open / download on certain computers: