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Olympic Games 2012: Gypsies and Travellers

Volume 692: debated on Friday 18 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 16 April (WA 25), whether they will ask the London Borough of Newham to commission an investigation of the health issues for Gypsy families occupying the Clays Lane site by building operations related to the 2012 Olympic Games around the site; whether they will ask for a report on when it is expected that the proposed Major Road site for rehousing the people from Clays Lane will be ready; whether it is proposed to replace the recreational space at Major Road which would be lost as a result of the proposed use; and what was the outcome of legal proceedings in relation to the Major Road site. [HL3640]

A health impact assessment was conducted for part of the development at Stratford City, which predates the building planned for the 2012 Olympics. This was jointly commissioned by the London Borough of Newham and Newham Primary Care Trust. The assessment identified likely issues arising from the construction process and the actions required to mitigate them. An action plan was agreed as part of this process. A specific health impact assessment has not been commissioned for the works adjacent to Clays Lane at this time.

The Government Office for London and the Department for Communities and Local Government will remain in contact with the London Development Agency and London Borough of Newham on the timetable for completing the Major Road site.

Planning permission has been granted for a replacement community centre and children’s play space at Chandos Road. The London Development Agency has also committed to providing funding for the improvement of other existing local areas of open space and re-providing an equivalent area of open space in the legacy development.

A judicial review of the London Development Agency’s decision not to apply for planning permission for an alternative site at Chobham Farm was dismissed in March. A further challenge to the Olympic compulsory purchase order for the existing site at Clays Lane was dismissed on 3 May.