Waltham Forest Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a new ice venue in East London. The Lee Valley Ice Centre would be built on the site of the current single pad venue in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. It would comprise two Olympic-sized rinks side by side, a café, gym, exercise studios and community spaces that would be open to everyone. Given its status as strategic planning application in Metropolitan Open Land the application has been referred to the Mayor of London for consideration.
Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, the scheme also aims to make a number of environmental improvements to the area with “significant” native planting and landscape enhancements leading to a biodiversity net gain of over 35 per cent. The venue owner, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is set to fund a 10-year £250,000 community programme to open up access to the venue for groups and schools across Waltham Forest and Hackney, should the mayor approve the application.
Gregory Jones QC instructed acted for the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority assisted by WSP.