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Boost for Pollard Thomas Edwards' 1,000-home Chobham Farm scheme

A neighbourhood designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects for a plot close to the 2012 Olympic Village in east London has received a major planning boost

A London Legacy Development Corporation planning committee last week recommended approved of the 1,036-home Chobham Farm scheme, which will also include 8,000m2 of commercial and community space.

The first phase, consisting of 173 homes and 1,162m2 of commercial space, previously received detailed consent and is due to start on site in January.

The LLDC’s recommendation to approve the full development will go to the Greater London Authority, along with the planning application and a Section 106 agreement. London mayor Boris Johnson will then have 14 days to decide whether to intervene or to allow the approval to stand.

Chobham Farm is located to the east of the Olympic Village between Leyton Road and Westfield Stratford City.

PTEA was appointed by the East Thames Group in 2008 to prepare an outline masterplan for the scheme, which has evolved in consultation with Newham council, the Olympic Delivery Authority (now the LLDC), the Greater London Authority and design watchdog CABE.

Streets of houses will combine with five to eight-storey apartment blocks around a new park, with all parking (except for wheelchair users) accommodated in undercrofts.

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