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Olympic property wrangling moves towards conclusion

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has made a major breakthrough in its bid to end the property wrangling that has hampered the 2012 Games site's development to date.

The organisation has finally obtained the freehold to the key Olympic development site in Stratford City, it emerged yesterday.

In November, fears were raised by local architects that the authorities charged with delivering London's 2012 Olympic Games were abusing the planning and Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) systems ( Olympic planners accused of abusing system).

Paul Latham, of local practice Neu Architects, claimed that local councils were purposely classifying Olympic land out of line with their own policies to keep land prices down for the ODA, which wanted to buy land in Stratford City.

But ODA chief executive David Higgins claimed yesterday that the transfer process had successfully completed.

He said: 'This is an important announcement as it cements a key safeguard in the delivery of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.'

by Rob Sharp

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