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Olympic legacy plans for new cycling facilities approved

Plans to develop one of Europe’s best cycling facilities at the Olympic Park have been approved.

A one-mile road cycle circuit and 8km of mountain bike trials will be created around the existing Velodrome, built by ISG, to create the new Lee Valley VeloPark.

The design team for the planning application consists of Hopkins Architects Practice, LDA Design, Hargreaves, Allies and Morrison, Atkins and AECOM.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company applied to amend the original layout for the circuit in December to provide better public access to riverbanks and create a new park for Hackney.

OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman said: “It is because our legacy plans for the Park are more advanced than any previous host city that we have been able to make improvements that will complement our more recent designs for new neighbourhoods and open spaces.”

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chief executive Shaun Dawson said: “We are delighted with this decision – a crucial step to making Lee Valley VeloPark the best cycling venue in the world.

“This scheme will create world class cycling facilities for everyone to enjoy. The exciting and flexible design has been created involving a number of organisations including, crucially, the cycling community and British Cycling, the National Governing Body for cycling in the UK.”

The road cycle circuit will be lit to enable night-time use and competition while there will be a skills training area with jumps, grade reversals and level changes alongside the mountain bike trials.

The legacy company will also regrade the Games-time BMX track in the north-east of the Park after the Games to complete the package of public outdoor facilities. The plans also provide a pedestrian path connecting the Velodrome to Waltham Forest in the north.

A visitor centre and large-scale playground is also planned for the north park, to the south of the cycle circuit.

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