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Benefits of West Ham's Olympic Stadium move to be investigated

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Communities

West Ham's Olympic Stadium legacy to be investigated by London Assembly West Ham's Olympic Stadium legacy to be investigated by London Assembly

An investigation has been launched into the benefits football stadium-led regeneration projects can bring to local communities ahead of West Ham United's move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

The London Assembly has launched the inquiry to ensure the Premier League club's use of the 54,000-seat stadium delivers "a genuine regeneration legacy for local communities".

As part of its investigation, the committee proposes to carry out site visits to football clubs involved in stadium development schemes, potentially including: Arsenal FC, Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Manchester City FC, and Brentford FC.

Gareth Bacon, chairman of London Assembly's regeneration committee said: "We want to ensure that all Londoners - and especially communities living nearby, benefit from the stadium for years to come."

The investigation will seek to:

  • Review evidence from past and current stadium-led regeneration schemes to assess the benefits of stadium development programmes to both football clubs and local communities; 
  • Review the role of the Mayor in stadium regeneration schemes and assess the extent to which his objectives for stadium-led regeneration in the London Plan are being met; and
  • Develop recommendations for the Mayor to ensure current stadium development schemes – in particular the Olympic Stadium – deliver a genuine regeneration legacy for local communities.

In broader terms it will also look to address the following:

  • Football stadium schemes as catalysts for regeneration; 
  • Economic regeneration impacts of new stadia; 
  • Social regeneration impacts, including relationships between football clubs and communities and non-football uses of stadia; and 
  • Realising football stadium schemes: planning; development contributions; funding.

Commenting on the community benefits of its Olympic Stadium move, West Ham United have said the following: "We are offering up to 100,000 free tickets per season that will ensure some of the most deprived children in the country will gain access to elite sport and drive an increase in sports participation.

"Our award-winning community department will continue to operate multi-sport, educational and cultural activities to deliver the legacy we have always promised and to encourage youngsters to lead healthy active lifestyles."

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