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Olympic Games 2012: Allotments

Volume 692: debated on Wednesday 13 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Environment Agency is satisfied with the precautions being proposed for the replacement site for Manor Gardens allotment holders with regard to the contaminated land issues. [HL4119]

The Manor Gardens allotments are one of more than 200 existing activities currently within the proposed Olympic park boundary that are being relocated as part of the London 2012 Olympics. Where activities are being relocated outside the park, including these allotments, contamination and other issues are dealt with through the process of granting planning permission at the proposed new locations.

The Environment Agency (EA) is a statutory consultee with respect to certain planning matters, such as possible groundwater impacts of development proposals. I understand that it is satisfied that such matters have been adequately addressed through this process in respect of the new allotments. The EA has also been involved in developing a global remediation strategy covering land contamination throughout the park.