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.

Latest Update 
 
Following the conclusion of the second round of public consultation in January 2020, we have been reviewing the large number of responses as part of our detailed planning assessment of the proposals, and taking those views into account, we have requested further information from MSG (the applicant).
 
The letter setting out the areas where we have requested further information forms a Regulation 25 request.
 
Once we hear back from MSG with the additional information we have asked for, we expect to have a further round of public consultation which we anticipate will take place within the next few months.
 
Public Consultation
 
Please note that if you have sent comments previously you do not need to write in again. All previous comments will remain valid. Should you decide to write to us anyway we would encourage you to focus any comments on any new points not raised in previous correspondence or on the new information that MSG will be providing us.
 
Finally, as we expect that the COVID-19 emergency restrictions and social distancing measures to remain in place for some time, it seems unlikely that we will be able to safely host public consultation events in the normal way. 
 
We will follow Public Health England guidance and keeping people safe is our priority, but we also want to make sure that community members can see any changes to the MSG proposals and give their views on them. We are exploring options for how to achieve this given COVID-19 restrictions, and welcome any thoughts and suggestions you have on how we can best we do this.
 
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, they should be sent to us by the extended deadline Friday 12 June 2020:
 
Email: [email protected]
 

 

November 2019 Revised Submission 

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 (USB stick) 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 hard copy of these documents please email:  [email protected].

 

Decision


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 Autumn 2020. This page will be updated in due course once the date for Committee is known.