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. Linked with these applications are proposals for MSG to make use of 348 car parking spaces at Stratford International Car Park including the provision of 111 wheelchair accessible spaces.


Where are we in the planning process?


The planning applications have undergone public consultation and will be determined by the LLDC Planning Decisions Committee. No date is currently set but the proposals are expected to be presented to the Committee for a decision early in 2022. This page will be updated once the date and venue for the Committee is known.


It is intended that the meeting will be held ‘in-person’ and for remote online access to  be facilitated. Details of how to access the meeting either in person or online will be made available on this webpage once the date and venue is confirmed. 


Speaking at the Committee meeting is at the discretion of the Committee Chair but will be in accordance with the Planning Decisions Committee’s Standing Orders. To help us manage this process, if you would like to register to speak, please contact us via the email address below. If several objectors wish to speak they will need to share the time and will be encouraged to nominate one speaker where possible. The same process will apply to supporters of the proposal. 


Email:  [email protected] 


Public consultation


The public consultation period on these applications has now ended. If you have sent comments previously, these comments are valid and will be taken into account in the consideration of the applications.


An overview of some of the key documents consulted on as part of the planning process is provided within the presentation below. Please note the  phone number cited in the presentation is no longer in use. Please do not call this number. Please direct your query to: [email protected]


Where can I view the planning submission?

The applications 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
  • Stratford International Car Park Application: 20/00362/FUL

For help navigating the planning register we have prepared this video. A number of documents consulted on are also available to view on this page.

Please be aware some of these documents are quite large and may take some time to open / download on certain computers:


Summary of document contents

Cover Letter

Summarises the August 2020 resubmission submitted by MSG

Regulation 25 Clarifications Report

Explains the specific changes made to the Environmental Statement (ES) as a result of the resubmission

Non-Technical Summary Refresh

Summarises the changes and conclusions of the Environmental Statement in less technical and detailed language

Residential Amenity Assessment

Identifies the impact of the proposed sphere on residential outlook of neighbouring developments

Light Spill – Annex 2 Part A, Annex 2 Part B, Annex 2 Part C, Annex 3, Annex 4


These sections of the Light spill chapters of the Environmental Statement identify the light spill effects into the surrounding environment from the sphere in different scenarios


Outlines how the applicant proposes to operate the proposed venue in isolation but also in combination with other stadia including the London Stadium

Road User Safety Report

Identifies the proposed impact on road users along 6 key routes around the site. The document includes 6 videos that can be accessed using the password ‘msgdriver’

Digital Display Contents Control report

Summarises the applicant’s (MSG’s) proposed strategy to control the sphere screen

Advertisement Design Statement

Summarises the changes to the applicant’s proposed advertising strategy

Document Status & Clarifications Letter  Summarises the status of each document and what has been superseded