Landscape at heart of vision for London's water city

Waterways and rivers will be brought back to life as part of landscaping for Lower lee Valley renewal.

Agencies behind London’s water city scheme have vowed it will have the “highest standards” of urban and landscape design. The vision to renew the Lower Lee Valley area of east London has been published with the aim of providing a legacy after the 2012 Olympic Games. It aims to use the Olympics as a catalyst to bring waterways and rivers back to life and transform derelict areas and poor housing. The river will be at the centre of the new Olympic Park. But at the fore it has proposed to create “an unrivalled landscape that contains new high-quality parkland and water features.” The framework for the project has been produced by London mayor Ken Livingstone, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the London Development Agency (LDA). An LDA representative said: “It’s about rejuvenating east London with houses and jobs, it’s about how the area will look and function, and making it a wonderful place to live, work and enjoy.” Department for Communities and Local Government minister Yvette Cooper said: “These plans show how it is possible to improve the quality of life in the city — with beautiful parks and green spaces as well as more affordable homes.” Sustainability is embedded in the plans for energy, water and waste management. Over the next decade, the scheme would bring up to 40,000 new homes and 50,000 jobs to the area.

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