2012 proposals omit legacy
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Sat Feb 10 22:08:39 GMT 2007
2012 proposals omit legacy plan / Joey Gardiner, Regeneration & Renewal
- 09 February 2007 /
A promised new masterplan for the legacy of the Olympics will not be
submitted until 2008, the agency responsible said this week.
The Olympic Delivery Authority, responsible for building the Olympic
Park and venues, this week submitted updated planning applications. But
the ODA said a further "Legacy Masterplan Framework", determining what
happens to most of the 246ha site after the 2012 Games, will not be
submitted until 2008.
The ODA said that it had always planned to publish the documents
separately, but admitted this information had not been made public.
The news follows a report by government auditors last week which said
legacy ambitions could be endangered by the failure to make key
decisions (see Physical Regeneration News, p11).
In addition, the ODA was unable to clarify whether legally enforceable
planning conditions attached to its previous applications for the
Olympic Park will be retained under the new submission. The previous
planning conditions committed the ODA to, amongst other benefits:
deciding all legacy uses before beginning construction work, ensuring
that half the homes built on the Olympic site would be affordable if
commercially viable, and, "as far as possible", building all homes to
lifetime homes standards.
In 2004, two planning applications were approved for the Games and its
legacy development. But last year the ODA announced significant changes
to the Olympics masterplan designed to put the Games on a more compact
site, which it said would require new planning applications. The
applications submitted this week supersede the previous Games
application, but do not include a new legacy application to take account
of the changes.
Jason Prior, principal at Olympics masterplanner Edaw, denied this
jeopardised the Games' stated intent of "locking in" legacy from day
one. "In the public consultation the community have been grateful we
want to take the time to do it properly," he said.
But Jenny Jones, Green party member of the London Assembly, said: "They
said legacy would be locked-in at every stage, but we are concerned the
cost pressures will make legacy an optional extra."
The most significant of the two applications submitted this week covers
the remediation and preparation of the Olympic Park, the construction of
the park and venues, and the infrastructure that will remain after the
Games. The second covers part of the Olympic village that will house the
ODA chief executive David Higgins said he expected the new planning
applications to be determined by summer this year.
The Olympic Delivery Authority has now agreed a set of key performance
indicators with its main contractor CLM, following a presentation by the
firm in the last two weeks, ODA chief executive David Higgins said this
week. These indicators will determine the exact regeneration targets
under which the contractor will be held to account. However, Higgins
said they were awaiting sign-off by the Olympic board before being made
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