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Green light for London 2012 canoe course

The White Water Canoe Centre for the London 2012 Games was granted planning permission by Broxbourne Borough Council yesterday.

The plans will now be referred to the Government Office for the East of England to grant planning permission

The venue proposals include an international standard canoe/kayak slalom course, new parklands and a new facility building. The contract is currently out to tender and is expected to be awarded in early 2009, with works starting in Spring 2009.

The White Water Canoe Centre will be built on what is currently a River Lee Country Park overflow car park between Waltham Cross and Theobalds Grove stations in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

The venue is due to be completed for Games training and testing in 2010-11. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for 12,000 spectators. After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting.

The Centre will be owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and will sit alongside the existing centres of sporting excellence in the Lee Valley Regional Park.

"Securing planning approval is a significant milestone and keeps us firmly on-track to deliver the new world-class facilities at Broxbourne in good time for the Games," said ODA Chief Executive, David Higgins. "Our plans for Broxbourne are a key part of spreading the benefits of the Games around the country and will help us create a major leisure attraction for Broxbourne and the East of England region for many years to come."

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