London Development Agency

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London Development Agency
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Successor GLA Land and Property
Legal status Regional development agency
HeadquartersPalestra, Southwark
Region served
Greater London
Appointed board
£410.627 million [1] (2007/08)
RemarksAppointment: Mayor of London
LDA entrance in Palestra House, designed by Will Alsop and Buro Happold LondonDevelopmentAgency Entry (Medium).JPG
LDA entrance in Palestra House, designed by Will Alsop and Buro Happold

The London Development Agency (LDA) was from July 2000 [2] the regional development agency for the London region in England. It existed until 2012 as a functional body of the Greater London Authority. Its purpose was to drive sustainable economic growth within London.


Projects were inherited from English Partnerships or done in collaboration with the Greater London Authority and other public sector organisations including the 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. [3] Some of its functions were assumed by the Greater London Authority itself; these included 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. [4]

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:

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  1. London Development Agency – Statement of Accounts 2007–2008 Archived 2009-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "The Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2000". 3 July 2000. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. London Development Agency to cut 200 jobs by April URL accessed 14 November 2010.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)