Greenwich Park gets green light for 2012 Games

Greenwich Council's Planning Committee has approved Locog's application to use Greenwich Park as a temporary venue for the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian and modern pentathlon events in 2012.

Greenwich Park gets green light for 2012 Games
Greenwich Park gets green light for 2012 Games

The plans, which include a 23,000-seat arena, training areas and a cross country course, received all-party consent at a public meeting held at Woolwich Town Hall yesterday (23 March).

Earlier this year, Event reported how the Queen's granddaughter and eventing world champion Zara Phillips questioned Locog's decision to use the Park as an Olympic venue.

Campaign group No to Greenwich Olympic Equestrian Events had also been rallying against the use of the space since Locog's plans were made public.

"This decision means we can concentrate on working with Locog, Royal Parks and other key stakeholders to deliver a spectacular event in 2012," said leader of Greenwich Council Chris Roberts.

"The planning application was subject to extensive consultation and generated a large number of responses. All this feedback has been carefully considered, and a number of planning conditions have been applied to address the issues that were raised.

"We will work closely with Locog to ensure these conditions are met and that we safeguard the Park and surrounding area to preserve its unique and special character."

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