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Olympic Park residents voice anger at tower plans!

The first residents of east London’s Olympic Park have begun voicing their opposition to the level of development proposed for the area – particularly high-rise tower blocks.

It is less than one year since the first residents moved into homes converted from the medium-rise blocks used for the 2012 Olympic Games’ Athletes Village – now christened East Village.

But a significant number are already objecting to detailed proposals to build out parts of the site – even though the schemes have already been granted outline planning permission for development in a zonal masterplan approved before Athletes Village homes were ever marketed.

Some residents have objected to particular scheme revisions, such as height increases on towers proposed by developer Qatari Diar Delancey that would see up to 27m in height added to some blocks, exceeding original masterplan restrictions.

Others have sought to ensure particular conditions on were placed on site hours for particular schemes.

But several residents have demanded that the construction of tower blocks on the park be refused altogether, and others have reported being told by marketing professionals that particular plots zoned for development would never be built on.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is the planning authority for the former Olympic area.