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London Development Agency

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Successor  GLA Land and Property
Extinction  2012
Region served  Greater London
Formation  1999
Headquarters  Palestra, Southwark
London Development Agency
Legal status  Regional development agency

The London Development Agency (LDA) was the regional development agency for the London region in England. It existed as a functional body of the Greater London Authority. Its purpose was to drive sustainable economic growth within London.

Major achievements included the Thames Barrier. Smaller projects were inherited from English Partnerships or done in collaboration with Greater London Authority and other public sector organisations including Department for International Development, the British Council, and London College of Fashion alongside London boroughs. Members of the Greater London Authority commissioned a 2008 report on these projects, followed by another in 2009.

The agency was closed on 31 March 2012 as a result of the coalition government's spending review. Following closure of the London Development Agency, some of its functions were assumed by the Greater London Authority itself. These include support for Visit London, Think London and Study London and the administration of London's European Structural Funds Programmes. The GLA was required by the Localism Act 2011 to take over the assets and liabilities of the former LDA in the subsidiary corporation GLA Land and Property.

The LDA was based at Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, south London (across the street from Southwark tube station). The LDA Olympic Land team was based at London 2012 headquarters in Docklands.


The board members were appointed by the Mayor of London, and were:

  • Harvey McGrath (London Development Agency) — chair
  • Ann Humphries
  • Edmund Lazarus
  • Fran Beckett
  • Ian Barlow
  • James Cleverly AM
  • Jeremy Mayhew
  • Cllr Mike Freer
  • Megan Dobney
  • Cllr Peter Truesdale
  • Steven Norris
  • Susan Angoy
  • Anthony Browne
  • References

    London Development Agency Wikipedia