Olympic Park to be ‘London’s traditional family neighbourhood’

Computer images of 800 new homes for the Olympic Park have been revealed, responding to local need for larger homes and a return to “London’s traditional family neighbourhoods” over the next five years.

Chobham Manor on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be one of five such neighbourhoods to be developed with up to 8,000 new homes being built over the next 20 years, in addition to the Athlete’s Village.

The Oylmpic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) said the houses, which will be a mix of terraced, mews and duplex properties with tree-lined avenues, are responding to a local need for family housing.

These communities will be supported by a walk-in health centre, two nurseries, two multipurpose community spaces, shops, and Chobham Academy School.

Situated between the Athlete’s Village and the VeloPark, 70 per cent of the homes will be family housing, 40 per cent will have gardens and 28 per cent will be affordable housing targeted through the borough and housing associations.

Andrew Altman, Chief Executive of the OPLC, said: “A year ago we set out our vision for the Park after the Games which responded to local demand for family homes.

“Today we are making it happen by seeking a developer who will create a family neighbourhood with traditional terraced houses and homes with gardens.

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“We are more advanced than any previous host city in our plans to deliver a legacy of new homes, jobs and leisure opportunities.

“Chobham Manor will set the standard for high quality design as the first neighbourhood on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Chobham Manor has the potential to set new standards for family homes and, with the prospect of a community land trust at its heart, we have a unique opportunity for local people to shape the proposals.

“The Olympic Park is a spectacular setting from which this fledgling neighbourhood can emerge and we want to see developers with the passion required to make it happen.”

The OPLC are now inviting companies to bid to be a development partner, to be appointed by summer 2012 so the homes can be finished by 2014.

Developers have until December 2 to submit a Pre Qualification Questionnaire at www.legacycompany.co.uk/chobhammanor.