The new plans mark a shift away from the high rises previously planned (now inevitably dubbed “soulless”) and an increase in the number of family-sized dwellings: these will now number 40% of the 8,000 homes on the site, and many will have private gardens. Very few of the buildings will rise over five storeys.
As a CGI-flecked vision it certainly looks impressive, but is it such low-rise sprawl a good model for a growing city where space is already at a premium? Dave Hill reckons not, and thinks that, with the emphasis at yesterday’s press conference on London’s Georgian past, it’s a sign that the Tories have taken over the Games.
The BBC has a simulated video walkthrough of the park.