Greenwich Council

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Board.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Alex Grant and Chris Roberts.


Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.


There were no items of urgent business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Members to declare any personal and prejudicial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.



Councillor Hyland declared a personal interest as she had attended an event hosted by the British Equestrian Federation. Councillor Webbewood declared a personal interest as he was a member of the Blackheath Society.




That the list of Councillors’ membership (as Council appointed representatives) on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing Bodies is noted.


Temporary use of Greenwich Park, Land at the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College and Circus Field for the hosting of Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon Events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games pdf icon PDF 996 KB

Planning permission is sought for the temporary use of the site for the hosting of the equestrian and modern pentathlon events (including the test events in 2011) for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.


Link to Planning Documents


Link to Planning Documents

Additional documents:




Planning permission (Case Ref: 09/2598/F) and listed building consent (09/2599/L) is granted for:


The temporary use of the site for the hosting of the equestrian and modern pentathlon events (including the test events in 2011) for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The temporary structures include a 23,000 seat arena, training areas, stabling, a cross country course, operational and site set up and removal compounds, vehicular and pedestrian access areas, operational parking and ancillary structures. Listed building elements are the erection of temporary structures within the curtilage of the listed buildings, temporary ramps across the colonnade and the temporary removal of gates at Park Vista entrance to allow vehicular access.


Subject to:


(i)         The Conditions set out in section 3 of the report, subject to the amendment of Condition 1 to state:


‘The limited period for the use hereby approved shall be until 13th September 2012 after which all temporary associated structures shall be removed from the site and the site, including Circus Field, restored in accordance with a Site Reinstatement Plan (including landscaping) to include financial guarantees and a timetable for implementation. No development shall commence until the Site Reinstatement Plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in consultation with The Royal Parks.’


and the amendment of Condition 36 to specify that the approval of the Transport Management Plan by the Local Planning Authority would be in consultation with a Transport Consultative Group, in addition to Transport for London and the London Borough of Lewisham.


(ii)        The establishment of an Advisory Group to formally oversee the implementation programme and the restoration and enhancement of the Greenwich Park and Circus Field to include the Council, The Royal Parks, English Heritage, Natural England, LOCOG and seconded Members when necessary.


(iii)      Members confirming in their decision that account has been taken of environmental information, as required by Regulation 3(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulation 1999.


(iv)      A  statement being placed on the Statutory Register confirming that the main reasons  and considerations on which the Planning Board decision was based were those set out in the report of the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills as required by Regulation 21 (1) (c.) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 1999.



The Strategic Development Coordinator gave an illustrated presentation of the application. He drew the Board’s attention to the additional correspondence circulated to Members prior to the meeting, as well as that which had been tabled.


In response to questions from the Board, the Strategic Development Coordinator and the Acting Assistant Director (Transport) replied:


·              The entire Park would be closed for a period of four weeks. Further information regarding the closure of the Park was set out in paragraph 7.18 of the report.


·              Royal Parks had commented that the tree pruning required within the planning application was of a sort that was common within the Royal Parks.


·              The use of alternative sites was referred to in paragraph 10.7 of the report. An assessment exercise had been carried out as part of the Environmental Statement, which had considered a number of sites. Whilst Members needed to be aware of the position regarding alternative sites, it was necessary to consider the application on its own merits.


·              There would be a maximum of 58 haulage movements a day during the construction of the site.


·              The Olympic Route Network had confirmed that main vehicle access would be via the A102 and Shooters Hill Road. A Condition had been added requiring that a contingency plan relating to the Blackwall Tunnel was required as part of the transport assessment for the application.


·              The majority of the athletes competing would be travelling to the Park from Stratford, although some may travel from alternative accommodation.


·              The horses to be used in the events would be brought in to the site prior to these events.


The Board was addressed by Jill Butler, representing the Woodlands Trust, whose comments included:


·              The mature/veteran trees were vital to the Park, although there was a lack of information in the application regarding protection of these trees.


·              The applicant had commented that the cross-country course would avoid the mature/veteran trees, but this did not appear to be the case on the plans which indicated that the course, as well as areas where there would be a significant number of spectators, would fall within the root protection zones of several ancient trees.


·              The applicant had acknowledged that there would be some damage to mature/veteran trees, although there was a lack of consistency in the measures taken to protect the trees.


·              Should the application be granted, measures should be put into place to ensure that the appropriate level of protection was provided to trees within the Park.


The Board was addressed by John Hine, Rosie Hayles and Frances Hook, representing NOGOE. Their comments included:


·              The impact of the application on the Park and local residents was shocking.


·              The petition submitted, as well as the large number of letters of objection submitted indicated the depth of feeling amongst local residents in opposing the application.


·              The Park should be utilised to provide peace and quiet, rather than the disruption suggested by the application.


·              The Garden History Society, which had objected to the application (letter of objection tabled),  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.