Plans to hold a 50,000-person festival on Wanstead Flats have been withdrawn.

The festival, which had yet to be named, was proposed by MAMA Festivals, known for holding Lovebox festival among others.

Plans had been granted permission for a three-day festival in September 2020.

However, organisers MAMA Festivals have withdrawn their application.

Wanstead Village councillor, Paul Donovan, said: "There were many concerns raised by local residents, community groups and councillors about this proposed event, so it is welcome news that the organisers have withdrawn the application.

"Of particular concern was the damage it would do to wildlife habitats in what is a vital green space in our area. These things matter, so it is good to know that this potentially damaging event is now not taking place. It will also be a mighty relief to many living in the area."

The site off Aldersbrook Road, where the festival had been planned, is owned by the City of London Corporation, which granted permission for the event in July.

Cllr Sheila Bain, Wanstead Park, said: "This news will come as a welcome relief for local residents who were really concerned about the impact of the proposed festival on their neighbourhoods, as well as the environmental damage on areas of nature conservation that it was likely to have caused."