Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sphere Planning Application

In March 2019, the local planning authority, 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 would be composed of a ‘skin’ of LED’s that would be programmable and could display images on the surface of the building including adverts. An application to display adverts on the building has been submitted alongside the main proposal.

Public Consultation

An initial round of public consultation was undertaken between April and June 2019 resulting in over 800 written responses. Following a review of these comments the local planning authority requested further information to address gaps and omissions in the technical supporting information. This includes information to help us understand the impact of the LED building on residential amenity and how MSG propose to manage the transport impacts of the building alongside other operating venues in the area.

Regulation 25 Letter  and the information we requested is available on the planning register and on our website.

New information has been submitted in response to our request which is now available to view or download from the Planning Application Register.


We are hosting consultation events where you can learn about what’s been submitted and get an update on the planning process and timetable. Details of the upcoming events are set out below:

  • Monday 16 December 2019 (5.30 - 8.00pm) at: St John’s Church, Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NG


  • Thursday 9 January 2020 (5.30 - 8.00pm) at: Chandos Community Centre, Colegrave Road, Stratford, London, E15 1DZ

If you have any questions or special access requirements please contact us at:

The deadline for written comments to be sent to us is 31 January 2020.

Comments should be sent to us either by:




Post: Planning Policy and Decisions Team, London Legacy Development Corporation, Level 10, 1 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, London, E20 1EJ.


New / Revised Information

The applicant has sent an updated package of information which includes new drawings, technical assessments and proposals for Stratford Station. A copy of the applicant’s covering letter summarising the main changes and new documents provided is included below.

Links to various other key documents provided which can be viewed and/or downloaded.   Please be aware some of these documents are quite large and may take sometime to open / download on certain computers:

Where can I view the planning application?

The detailed planning application and advertisement consent can be viewed on our website. via the Planning Application Register, using the following reference numbers:

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

Alternatively, these documents are available for viewing by appointment on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm at the LLDC offices (address given above).

Members of the public can purchase digital copies of the Environmental Statement (ES) for £10 (plus postage and packaging).  Hard copies of the Non-Technical Summary of the ES are available free of charge (1 copy per request).  To request a digital or hardcopy of the ES please email:



The planning applications 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 March 2020. This page will be updated in due course once the date for Committee is known.