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Olympic legacy plans for 6,800 homes move forward

Thousands of new homes have been given planning permission to be built at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following the games this summer.

London Legacy Development Corporation has been given approval for plans which will incorporate 6,800 homes planned across five neighbourhoods, new schools, nurseries, community spaces and health centres.

Three new schools will support the neighbourhoods and the surrounding area along with Chobham Academy school, which sits just next to the Olympic Village and will open in September 2013.

Other amenities include nine nurseries, three health centres and 12 multi-purpose community spaces, which could be community centres, libraries and gyms.

The Legacy Communities Scheme covers 64 hectares (158 acres) of the 226 hectare (558) Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

They will sit alongside sporting venues, 6.5 km of waterways, cultural attractions and open spaces, including London’s newest public space in between the Aquatics Centre, Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit in the south plaza.

The first of the homes, at Chobham Manor, are due to be completed by the end of 2014.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive Andrew Altman said: “This decision represents a giant step forward for east London’s future and the culmination of years of hard work with the local communities and host Olympic boroughs.

“We can now realise the vision of creating a new piece of the city that will transform people’s lives with new opportunities.”

The plans also set out more than half of the 8,000 permanent jobs which are anticipated to be created at the site over a 20 year period, from when it begins to reopen in July, 2013.

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