Olympic Park neighbourhood names revealed

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The names have a historic ring to them, but Chobham Manor, East Wick, Marshgate Wharf, Sweetwater and Pudding Mill do not yet exist.

They were unveiled yesterday as the five neighbourhoods to be constructed on the site of the Olympic Park once the 2012 games are over. Almost 2,000 suggestions were put forward in a competition, with the winners beating entries such as Redgravia, Plastic Fantastic and Dog and Bike. Planners hope families will start moving in by 2015, though the project, which will include 8,000 new homes, is scheduled to take 20 years.

Suggested names were judged by a panel including representatives from Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest councils.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: "The public has given a new piece of London its identity, where communities will grow alongside the spectacular venues and open spaces."

Communities Minister Bob Neill said: "It's a very good set of choices and the competition was a good idea."