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Archery gets 2010 planning permission

Lord’s has been given planning permission to host the Olympic Archery events at London 2012. Permission was granted by the Planning and City Development Committee at their meeting on 2nd September.

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) can now progress with its plans to convert the iconic Home of Cricket into the temporary venue for archery in 2012.

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "I am delighted that we have achieved permission to go ahead with our plans and thank Westminster City Council for their support.

"The London Games will be an amazing experience for athletes, officials and spectators, and Lord’s will be one of our most spectacular venues. Lord’s is a world-class venue and will provide a spectacular and innovative setting for Archery in 2012."

The Olympic Archery event is provisionally scheduled to run from 27 July-3 August in 2012. There will be two sessions a day with up to 5,000 spectators attending each session. A total of 128 athletes will compete for four gold medals.

Additional temporary structures will be required, including an Archery range, a warm-up range, temporary seating for up to 5,000 spectators, spectator facilities and areas for athletes and officials.

There will also be a preliminary competition range on the Nursery Ground, athlete areas, operational compounds within existing buildings, and a broadcast compound, which will be located in the same area that is used during major cricket matches.

The action will take place against the backdrop of the historic Pavilion. Archers will shoot over the square towards the Media Centre.

Spectators will be close to the action and will be seated in the temporary stands positioned on either side of the archers. Afterwards, all the temporary seats and structures will be removed.

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