The decision to approve the new double-size ice centre on Leyton Marsh will be considered by the Mayor of London’s office. We thank Baroness Jenny Jones for writing this letter on behalf of our campaign.
Baroness Jones of MoulsecoombHouse of Lords
Dear Mr Finlayson
Re: planning application 194162: Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, E10 7QL.
I am writing to object to this application being accepted and to ask that the GLA intervene on the basis that the proposed expanded ice centre represents inappropriate development on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) and that the applicant has failed to demonstrate that Very Special Circumstances exist sufficient to outweigh any harm to MOL.
The choice of site by the applicant fails to comply with the London Plan regarding transport – the Lea Bridge Road is a heavily congested single carriageway unsuitable for the increased usage that will result from this development. In addition,the applicant has not provided details of adequate mitigation measures in terms of biodiversity and urban greening.
This development represents an unacceptable loss of green space without good cause and contrary to good practice.