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How are plans for the Olympic Park post-Games shaping up?

31 January 2012

Assembly Members will tomorrow question legacy chiefs about future plans for the Olympic Park that will see the site transformed into five new neighbourhoods[1] featuring housing, business and leisure facilities.

Planning and Housing Committee Members will question OPLC representatives about: the long-term regeneration of the Olympic Park from 2013 to 2031; how the housing offer will be marketed; the employment opportunities and social legacy; the anticipated return on the public investment in the site; and the impact of the impending Mayoral Development Corporation[2].

Following a short presentation by the OPLC, Committee Members will question the following lead officers:

  • Duncan Innes, Executive Director of Real Estate, OPLC
  • Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Community partnerships, OPLC
  • Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design, OPLC

The Planning and Housing Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 February 2012 from 10am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).   Media and members of the public are invited to attend.   The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes for editors:

  1. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has set out proposals for the long-term development of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in its Legacy Communities Scheme
  2. On 18 January the Assembly approved the Mayor’s proposal to designate as a Mayoral Development Area the area of the Olympic Park and its surroundings.  The Mayor intends that arrangements will be in place by April 2012 that will allow the transfer of powers and assets from the OPLC into the MDC.  The purpose of the MDC is to promote and deliver physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, by securing high-quality sustainable development and investment, ensuring the long-term success of the facilities and assets within its direct control and supporting and promoting the aim of convergence.’  More information.
  3. Full agenda papers for the meeting.
  4. Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Dana Rothenberg in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603/4283.  For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.