London Mayor Blocks Madison Square Garden’s “Sphere” Project Amidst Backlash
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has officially rejected the contentious plans by Madison Square Garden (MSG) to construct a 300ft replica of the Las Vegas Sphere in London’s Olympic Park.
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Madison Square Garden’s ambitious ‘Sphere’ project, approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in March, faced opposition from over 1,000 local residents who objected to the planning application.
The proposed £800 million structure, featuring a 21,500-capacity arena with bars and restaurants, garnered criticism for its potential impact on residents’ homes, increased pollution during construction, and significant light pollution at night.
Light Pollution Concerns: Sadiq Khan Rejects Madison Square Garden’s London Sphere
Mayor Khan’s rejection is reportedly based on concerns over excessive light pollution. The ‘Sphere’ design, adorned with thousands of LED screens displaying moving images, raised fears among locals about shadows over homes and potential health issues due to light and noise pollution.
A petition against the project received over 2,000 signatures.
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Campaigners and local residents are celebrating the decision, anticipating relief from the perceived threat posed by the MSG Sphere.
A spokesperson for Mayor Khan emphasized London’s openness to investment but stressed that independent evidence demonstrated the proposed plans would have an unacceptable negative impact on local residents.
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Campaigner and local councillor Nate Higgins expressed delight over the rejection, acknowledging the collective efforts of campaigners and the significance of Mayor Khan’s decision.
The victory is seen as a testament to community organizing and the importance of listening to residents. AEG, which owns the O2 Arena, also voiced opposition to the MSG Sphere, supporting Mayor Khan’s decision and highlighting fundamental flaws in the proposed project.