Olympic legacy promises family homes

FAMILIES are being put at the heart of the Olympic legacy as the team planning the future of the Olympic unveiled their vision today.

After the games are over the 2012 Olympic Park will be renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , in homage to the monarchy’s long-standing support of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Her Majesty has been supportive of London 2012 from the start and with the event taking place in her Diamond Jubilee year it is fitting that the park bears her name.”

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “We have been given an extraordinary challenge to do something.”

He said that 40 per cent of the 11,000 homes built on the park will be for families and he expected there to be substantial interest in the development.

He added: “I am extremely pleased that there is such a focus on delivery family-sized homes in this unique, new district emerging in our city.”

Five family neighbourhoods will be created, including a mixed use neighbourhood next to Hackney Wick with a housing crescent along with town houses, maisonettes and apartments in an area branded as a “creative district” close to the Broadcast and Media centres.

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Andrew Altman, the chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company said: “Imagine the media centre becoming the centre for employment, bringing in creatives and a fantastic place to live and work.”