REGENERATION NEWS: Olympic team sets out valley's vision

A consultation exercise involving more than 400,000 Londoners was launched last week by the team behind the capital's bid for the 2012 Olympics.

The consultation, one of the largest carried out in the capital, is aimed at gathering the views and ideas of local people to be directly fed back to EDAW, the firm responsible for drawing up the Olympic masterplan.

A leaflet produced to guide the consultation process will be delivered to homes in the four London boroughs bordering the Lea Valley. It outlines the plans for the valley and describes how regeneration will happen regardless of the outcome of the bid.

One of the central proposals described in the leaflet is the development of a park running from Hackney Marshes to the Thames (Planning, 17 October, p5). It is intended to open up the canal network running through the area, which is obscured by a rundown industrial landscape.

The leaflet shows the Olympic zone in the northern part of the valley, close to Stratford, with three options put forward for an athletes' village.

These sites are the Stratford rail yards in the east of the zone, Fish Island in the west of the zone and an area to the south of West Ham Station.

A series of consultation events will be held throughout the Lower Lea Valley during November and December.

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