Young people get a sneak peek of east London’s regeneration
PUBLISHED: 14:24 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 07 August 2013
Olympic legacy bosses took a group of young people on a tour of two major regeneration schemes to show them the changes set to take place in their area.
Members of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) Youth Panel - 120 youngsters who lives in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, and Waltham Forest - were shown plans behind new neighobourhoods in Stratford and Hackney yesterday.
Developers Taylor Wimpey and L&Q invited them to visit the Haggerston West and Kingsland estates in Hackney to see what goes into building 761 new homes for residents, and Chobham Manor, the first new neighbourhood Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will be located between East Village and Lee Valley VeloPark.
They toured the sites before quizzing members of the project teams.
Belinda Moreau-Jones, community investment officer for L&Q, said: “The young people not only got to find out the massive amount of work, planning and public consultation involved with regenerating the Haggerston West and Kingsland estates, but we also provided them with an overview of what’s happening at Chobham Manor.
“They were able to quiz an architect from PRP about Chobham Manor and compare it to the Haggerston development, which is another PRP-designed scheme.
“We believe everybody should be involved in the consultation process, regardless of age. In fact, young people’s input is crucial when we are consulting on regeneration projects as they will be the people living in the area for many years to come.”
The Youth Panel was created in 2008 by the LLDC to tell young people about the regeneration of east London and offer them practical skills and advice about urban planning and design.
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