2010 Review of Biodiversity
Recommendation 2 of 8

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Recommendation

That the body or bodies responsible for the Olympic Park in legacy set out and implement clear plans for how the habitat will be maintained, managed and monitored to ensure that a minimum of 45 ha of SINC of at least Borough Grade 1 standard develops within the Olympic Park.

History

Status at 31 Mar 2013

Complete

The LLDC is producing a new BAP for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This BAP sets out plans for up to 51.3 ha of habitat can develop into a SINC of at least Borough Grade 1 standard, including how this will be maintained, managed and monitored. Complete

Status at 01 Oct 2012

Progress Made

Status at 31 Mar 2012

Progress Made

The Transformation Planning Application shows how the majority of this habitat will be provided, with the remainder dependant on a further application covering other areas such as the stadium island, which will come forward when the stadium use is clearer. The Commission is concerned that proposals to have a larger stadium in legacy will mean that this new habitat may not come forward. If this is the case further areas of BAP habitat will need to be created elsewhere in the park. In addition there are some concerns around how certain habitats in the north of the park will be impacted by new legacy proposals. The LLDC has committed to providing the requisite habitat and the Commission looks forward to seeing detailed plans for how this will be delivered. The ODA produced a document 'Towards a 10 year management plan' which sets out how the site can be managed, including the ecological elements of the Park. The then OPLC [now LLDC] incorporated key elements of this and the Biodiversity Action Plan when procuring an estates and facilities management contractor in 2011. The level of resources available for the long term habitat management will be critical to ensuring that the BAP habitats are able to mature and achieve the appropriate SINC status. Progress Made

Status at 31 Dec 2011

Significant Risk

Status at 30 Sep 2011

Significant Risk

Status at 30 Jun 2011

Significant Risk

Status at 31 Dec 2010

Significant Risk

The Transformation Planning Application shows how the majority of this habitat will be provided, with the remainder dependant on a further application covering other areas such as the stadium island, which will come forward when the stadium use is clearer. The Commission is concerned that proposals to have a larger stadium in legacy will mean that this new habitat may not come forward. If this is the case further areas of BAP habitat will need to be created elsewhere in the park. In addition there are concerns around how certain habitats in the north of the park will be impacted by new legacy proposals. The ODA have produced a document 'Towards a 10 year management plan' which sets out how the site can be managed, including the ecological elements of the Park. The OPLC will be looking to procure an estates and facilities management contractor in early 2011. We are informed that this contract will include the management of the park, including the landscape and thus the biodiversity of the site. However, as this is still in development it is not currently possible to verify this. The level of resources available for the long term habitat management will be critical to ensuring that the BAP habitats are able to mature and achieve the appropriate SINC status. Significant Risk

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