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2012 Olympic master plan revealed
Computer generated image of how the Lea Valley area will looking after the Olympic development
East London will be transformed by the Games
Organisers of London's 2012 Olympics have submitted one of the biggest planning applications in European history.

The Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) 15-volume, 10,000-page document, sets out plans for creating new venues, roads and parks in east London.

It also includes details of how the facilities will be changed for use after the Games.

Changes have been made to the blueprint since 2005, when London won the bid.

These include moving the international broadcast centre and main press centre within the Olympic Park boundary, and better integration of the Olympic Village with the adjacent Stratford City regeneration development.

Key milestone

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said: "This is one of the biggest and most complex planning applications ever prepared in this country and is another key milestone for us on the road to 2012."

The first stage of the development will include extensive work to waterways, including the construction of river walls and flood defence walls.

It also includes the construction of highways and a continuous loop road surrounding the Olympic park to provide initial construction access and give vehicles venue access during the Games.

Part two focuses on the Games' legacy and on the construction of five permanent sporting venues - the Olympic stadium, aquatics centre, velo park, handball arena and Eton Manor - and three other temporary venues.

Details of what will happen to the Olympic Stadium when the Games end in September 2012 are expected to be revealed on Wednesday.

Computer generated image of how the east London area will look after the Olympic development

Plans also include homes - of which 50% are set to be affordable housing - and office space.

But David Higgins, chief executive of the ODA refused to be drawn on the row about costs for the Games. Some reports have claimed the cost of the Games could triple.

He added: "The reason we redesigned was all about legacy. It certainly did not increase costs. The costs are not spiralling up.

"The Government is in the process of resolving this issue. It is not affecting the process of the Games at all."

The planning application will now be considered by a committee including representatives from all London boroughs affected by the plans. The ODA expects a final decision by late summer.

The application is now subject to a statutory 28-day public consultation period.

Artist's impression of the Olympic village

Lord Coe speaking at the press conference

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