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Olympics no threat to Lea Valley masterplans

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The article 'Olympics competition threat to Lea Valley masterplans' (AJ 24.4.03) presents an inaccurate impression of the purpose of the proposed masterplan for the Lower Lea Va l l e y .

Far from threatening existing masterplans, the LDA's proposals will complement them. Our plans are a move away from previous fragmented approaches to regenerating the area towards a holistic strategy, taking into account work already carried out.

Our outline brief clearly states that the LDA is looking to appoint masterplanners whose work will 'complement and reinforce the existing well advanced plans to deliver regeneration in the area' and ' support the delivery of current plans'.

To achieve this, the LDA is working closely with all interested parties, including the London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, through the Lower Lea Matrix Group.

We are all committed to a consensus on a comprehensive integrated masterplan for the area, which will draw together the best pieces of work in the Lower Lea and outline the crucial role this area could play in regenerating the whole of the Thames Gateway.

All local partners recognise that a single strategic masterplan for the whole of the Lower Lea is essential, whether or not an Olympic bid goes ahead.

Should a bid be made, such a plan will help all parties develop plans using a shared vision for the area.

Michael Ward, chief executive, London Development Agency

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