Greenwich Park is criticised for being too small by equestrian organisers

The London Olympic equestrian venue has become the latest of the 2012 development plans to come under fire.

Equestrian event organisers have criticised the Greenwich Park setting during a BBC London news report.

They expressed dissatisfaction at the size of the temporary arena, planned to accommodate 23,000 spectators. They say it compares unfavourably with other equestrian venues like Badminton, which holds 150,000.

Image of Greenwich Park Olympic equestrian arena

It was also suggested that the park is too small for the cross country event scheduled there.

A spokesperson for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: “The British Equestrian Federation and International Federation for Equestrian Sports are both on board and it’s going to be one of the most iconic venues we can use.”

The temporary development at Woolwich Barracks to accommodate the shooting events also recently came in for heavy criticism. British Shooting the sport’s governing body have complained that it would leave no legacy for marksmanship.

Since December there have also been rumours that the arena planned for fencing is to be shelved in favour of holding the event at London’s ExCel Centre.