Sir Peter Hendy, the former Transport for London commissioner, has been named as Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) by Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Established by Boris Johnson to build on the success of the 2012 Olympic Games, the LLDC has full planning powers and works closely with Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest councils to regenerate and deliver growth in east London. It’s also responsible for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Currently chair of Network Rail, Sir Peter served as transport commissioner for almost a decade under both Ken Livingstone and Mr Johnson. He stepped down from the post in 2009 after being appointed to Network Rail.
During his time at TfL Hendy oversaw a number of major projects and was widely praised for ensuring the capital’s transport and road networks coped with the influx of visitors during the 2012 Games.
In his new role he’ll be tasked with overseeing the continued growth of the Park and its venues and will be responsible for delivering the Mayor’s long-term strategic aim that 50 per cent of homes built in the area are affordable.
Mayor Khan said: “Sir Peter will bring unrivalled knowledge and experience to the role and I look forward to working closely with him to make the most of this opportunity to establish the Park as a world-class sporting and visitor attraction, as well as delivering jobs, growth and new communities fit for Londoners.”
Sir Peter said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to work with the Mayor, the superb LLDC team and all its partners to fulfil the unquestionable potential of the regeneration of this area of east London.
“Having kept London’s transport networks moving during the course of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am delighted to now have the opportunity help secure the continuing legacy of the Park, creating a new area of the city bringing economic growth, thousands of jobs and new homes.”
The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing before the London Assembly and Sir Peter will work two days a week alongside his current Network Rail duties.
Mr Khan’s office has confirmed Sir Peter’s expenses will be routinely published.