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Concrete factory plans for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park rejected

PUBLISHED: 10:26 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:26 29 September 2017

Plans to build three concrete factories on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been rejected.

The controversial proposals had drawn objections from thousands of people living in the area, with a petition bearing more than 10,000 signatures from those opposing the development handed to councillors last autumn.

And the long-running battle, which began when the applications were submitted in June 2015, came to a conclusion on Tuesday when the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) planning committee decided to refuse permission for the concrete factories to be built.

In a report for the planning committee, members were recommended to decline planning permission for each of the plants for three reasons.

It states that the “operation of the proposed development...would be detremental to the amenity of existing and planned future residents, business occupiers and visitors in the area” as a result of the number of lorries and other vehicles that would pass through the area.

The report also cites that the “proposed appearance...would be detremental to the visual amenity and setting of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” and that the developments would “be detremental to the regeneration objectives”.

James Durrant, from campaign group Olympic Park Coalition for Responsible Development (OPCRD), said: “This is a huge win for the community.

“Importantly, the LLDC have recognised that this once industrial and blighted area is moving away from heavy industry to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable environment where residents and businesses can co-inhabit.

“We’d also like to applaud and commend the LLDC for recognising this change. We’d ask like to thank everyone involved in the campaign.”

The decision was also welcomed by Unmesh Desai, London Assembly Member for City and East.

He said: “This is great news for us. It was against the Olympic legacy objectives of a healthy, green, sport-conscious community.”

But he added that the campaign “is not over” and that he would seek to talk to the LLDC about what other potential uses there are for the site.

The applicants, S Walsh and Son Ltd, Brett Concrete Limited and Hope Construction Materials, have been approached for comment.

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