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2012 park equestrian events get green light

PUBLISHED: 11:53 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

GAMES: An artist’s impression of the 2012 equestrain venue.

GAMES: An artist's impression of the 2012 equestrain venue.

OLYMPIC Equestrian events during London 2012 will be held in a Royal Park after councillors approved a planning application. Greenwich Council s planning committee, which approved the temporary use of land at Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum,

OLYMPIC Equestrian events during London 2012 will be held in a Royal Park after councillors approved a planning application.

Greenwich Council's planning committee, which approved the temporary use of land at Greenwich Park, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and Blackheath Circus Field for the London 2012 games.

Only two Conservative councillors voted against the plans at the Woolwich town hall meeting on Tuesday night - Eltham representative Dermot Poston and Blackheath Westcombe member Geoffrey Brighty. The remaining 10 councillors on the committee, from across the parties, voted in favour of the plans, which include a 23,000-seat arena, training areas, stabling, a cross country course, operational and site set-up and removal compounds, vehicle and pedestrian access areas, operational parking and ancillary structures. Council leader Chris Roberts said: "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."

Also present at the five-

hour meeting was chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Lord

Coe and opposition group

No to Greenwich Olympic Equestrian Events (NOGOE), who heckled the former runner when he spoke.

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: "The message from tonight is loud and clear. This great park is on loan to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and the people of the world.

"We must return it to the residents of Greenwich, to Londoners and visitors from the UK and around the world in the same condition, or better, than it was loaned to us."

Now an advisory group, which will include the council, Royal Parks, English Heritage, Natural England and LOCOG, will be established to oversee the implementation programme, and the restoration and enhancement of Greenwich Park and the Circus Field.

Once the Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon and Paralympic Dressage events are over, the land will be restored to its former use, in accordance with a Site Reinstatement Plan, to be agreed by the council in consultation with Royal Parks.

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