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Olympic squad takes on planning role

AN 11-STRONG team has been appointed to take over planning of the Olympic Park in east London from next month.

The Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Committee will be headed by Lorraine Baldry, who is chair of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

She said: 'We will work with local authorities and local communities to make sure that London 2012 delivers a great legacy as well as a great Games.

'We have assembled a committee with wide-ranging and substantial expertise in regeneration, architecture and sustainable development, with individuals who have significant understanding of and involvement in the local area.

'There will be a lot to do, but we are ready to go.'

ODA chairman Jack Lemley said: 'The committee has a crucial role to play in delivering this project and ensuring that we work effectively with local communities, and I am delighted with the credibility and calibre of the team we have selected.'