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Olympic venues approved at Royal Artillery Barracks and North Greenwich Arena

Greenwich Council gave planning permission last night for the use of the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich and North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Games.

Greenwich Council last night unanimously approved the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)’s planning application for the erection of temporary shooting ranges and seating stands at the Royal Artillery Barracks and the northern part of Woolwich Common during the Games.

The ODA and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) submitted plans for the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich to host the Olympic Shooting events and Paralympic Shooting and Archery events, and for North Greenwich Arena to host Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and the Basketball finals, followed by Wheelchair Basketball during the Paralympic Games.

“Securing planning permission is an important step forwards.”

David Higgins, ODA

The temporary facilities include the provision of four temporary indoor ranges and three temporary open air ranges for the qualifying rounds and finals of Olympic events.

During the Paralympic Games the outdoor ranges will be removed and replaced with temporary Archery ranges for the Paralympic Archery qualification and finals events. Work to install the temporary facilities will begin early next year. The temporary facilities will then be removed after the Games with the site being returned to its former use and condition.

Greenwich Council also unanimously granted planning permission to LOCOG for a range of temporary works to transform North Greenwich Arena into an Olympic and Paralympic venue. Work will begin in May 2012 and will include items such as tents, cabins, signage, services and equipment in and around the venue. The temporary facilities will seat up to 18,000 spectators.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: “Securing planning permission is an important step forwards and keeps us on track to start installing the temporary measures on site early next year.”

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