‘Most important housing development ever’ on way to Stratford
PUBLISHED: 16:42 11 October 2011 | UPDATED: 09:33 12 October 2011
A mini city will be built after next summer’s Olympic Games with 8,000 households, new schools, health centres and play spaces.
Details emerged in a planning application that is trumpeted as shaping the future of East London.
It was submitted as the Olympic Park Legacy Company moved into the next stage of delivering the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the promise of schemes for the rest of the Park, including the areas around the venues and north and south parkland to come.
Together they form one of London’s most important and comprehensive regeneration projects.
Covering 64 hectares of the Park, it is where five new neighbourhoods will take shape over 20 years.
Andrew Altman, chief executive of OPLC, said the planning application represents a significant moment in making the park a reality.
“This time last year we outlined our vision – today we are mobilising to make it happen,” he said.
Mr Altman continued: “As one of the most important housing developments in London’s history, these five neighbourhoods will stitch together the surrounding communities of a formerly isolated area through new homes, schools, shops, parks, infrastructure and jobs.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson said the development will revolutionise the face of East London and deliver a lasting legacy for the capital, creating a fantastic new community.
About 12,000 people have helped shape the plans through consultation and working with stakeholders, including the host boroughs and community groups.
The Legacy Company has put their key issues – family housing, accessible amenities and attractive open spaces – at its heart.
The public also helped to decide the names of the five new neighbourhoods through a competition.
They came up with: Chobham Manor, East Wick, Sweetwater, Marshgate Wharf and Pudding Mill.
About 40 per cent of the homes are aimed for occupancy by families with a third deemed “affordable”.
There will be 29 playgrounds, plazas, canal paths, roof gardens and cycle paths.
Three new schools – two primary and a secondary – will support the neighbourhoods and the surrounding area along with Chobham Academy which sits just next to the Olympic Village.
Other amenities include nine nurseries, three health centres and 12 multi-purpose community spaces.
The plans also aim for 130,000 square metres of employment space to create 4,400 jobs with other venues and programming on the Park likely to take that figure up to 8,000 jobs alongside an anticipated 2,000 construction jobs.
Neighbourhoods will be open from 2013 onwards, with families moving into the first new homes in 2015.
They will sit alongside sporting venues and revamped greenlands from the Olympics.
The Olympic Delivery Authority will have started consultation on the application, which it is expected to be determined by summer 2012.
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