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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations the Department for Culture, Media and Sport received in connection with the Olympic Legacy Masterplan in each of the last three years. (203344)

The Legacy Masterplan Framework, which will set out a spatial vision for the Olympic Park and its surrounding areas after the Games, is being produced by the London Development Agency (as interim legacy client), working with Government, the Olympic Delivery Authority, host boroughs, local communities and other agencies. The process for developing this vision was launched in February 2008, and is being accompanied by a detailed programme of community engagement activities, to ensure that all members of local communities and other interested parties have an opportunity to get involved in developing and commenting on options for the Olympic Park site in legacy.

This community engagement will build on the work undertaken during the two rounds of consultation in 2006 and 2007 on the Olympic, Paralympic and Legacy Transformation planning applications, which related to proposals for the development of Olympic and Paralympic facilities and their post-Games transformation prior to the legacy phase. This earlier consultation process elicited 278 responses during Round 1, and 478 responses in Round 2, following the submission of further information from the applicant. These representations were submitted to and considered by the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Authority as part of the planning process.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what criteria have been set for projects and developments in the Olympic Park post 2012; and if she will make a statement. (203345)

Our vision is for the Olympic Park to become the centre of a world class, sustainable and prosperous neighbourhood after the Games, with new homes, sporting and leisure facilities, high quality local services and greatly improved transport links, and 110 hectares of new parkland. We are committed to ensuring that the regeneration of the area meets the needs of local communities, is safe and sustainable and is closely tied in with the development plans for the wider Lower Lea Valley and Thames Gateway areas. This work is being developed through the Legacy Masterplan Framework process, led by the London Development Agency, working with Government, the ODA, host boroughs and local communities.