2012 venues in Stratford have been granted formal planning permission, says ODA

The Olympic Delivery Authority said today that its planning committee has granted formal planning permission for the Olympic venues in Stratford, east London.

The ODA submitted two planning applications in February this year setting out plans for sporting venues, infrastructure and open space within the Olympic Park.

It also outlined plans for how the area would be transformed for use by the local community after the Games.

The applications were approved in principle last month by the ODA planning committee, an independent body with externally appointed members, and referred to the Government Office for London and Greater London Authority.

David Higgins, Chief Executive of the ODA, said: "Receiving planning permission is a huge step forward. The recognition of the regeneration value of our plans gives us continued momentum as we continue work to create a world-class Olympic Park for Games and legacy.

"‘With planning permission for the Olympic Park secured, we will continue consultation on detailed planning applications for individual venues and on the legacy masterplan, so there will continue to be opportunities for people to comment on the plans for the future Olympic and legacy Park."