Apparently the London Legacy Development Corporation’s planning committee WON’T be hearing the proposal to build three concrete factories and an asphalt plant at the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Park on 22 November.
Perry Miller is a member of the residents’ group Olympic Park Coalition for Responsible Development (OPCRD) which is fighting the plans. He said the application has been pulled yet again and it’s not clear if the committee will hear the application in December or if there will be further delays.
Perry said that in the meantime, Network Rail has sent a letter to the LLDC supporting the application. The letter, signed by Network Rail’s Freight & National Passenger Operators managing director Paul McMahon, says that, if the committee refuses the application: “Network Rail’s support for the regeneration agenda will be harder to justify.”
“We responded immediately,” Perry said. “It looks like some rather tough conditions are being proposed by LLDC which must have riled the applicants and Network Rail. ” The letter and response will be posted on the ORCRD website soon.
If approved, these plants will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an estimated 900 heavy vehicles coming and going daily.
The full applications can be found on LLDC’s planning website at http://planningregister.londonlegacy.co.uk/swift/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display : PA Refs: 15/00368/FUL / 15/00400/FUL / 15/00414/FUL / 16/00194/SCRES].
If you want to give some extra support, the group has also started the Olympic Legacy Protection Fund: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/olympic-legacy-protection-fund. The OPCRD says it will use the entire proceeds to help pay for legal and planning fees associated with keeping the Olympic Park and the neighbourhoods around it safe from bad planning decisions.