By Nick Butler

Six developers have been short-listed for the next stage of London 2012 Olympic Park housing development plans ©Getty ImagesMarch 12 - Six developers, including Olympic Stadium lead contractors Balfour Beatty, have been shortlisted for the next stage of the bidding process to develop houses on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The six, consisting of Carillion-igloo and Genesis Housing Association, Grainger, Lend Lease, L&Q, Mace and Argent and Places for People as well as Balfour Beatty, will outline their respective plans before submitting final tenders in the summer.

A decision on the final development partner is due to be made in the autumn. 

This follows the announcement of plans last July to accelerate the development with a view to completing in 2023, six years ahead of original estimates.

Up to 1,500 new homes will be created in the neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater - including private rented sector housing and affordable homes - which it is hoped will create a "vibrant new community" on the west of the Park linking to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

Residents moved into new homes in East Village last year ©Getty ImagesResidents moved into new homes in East Village last year ©Getty Images

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation which is responsible for the redevelopment, claimed he was "delighted with the quality of the shortlisted developers in what was a highly competitive and rigorous selection process". 

He added: "We are now focused on working with the developers on the next stage of the process. We want the new neighbourhoods at East Wick and Sweetwater to exemplify the best of London's residential architecture with a range of family homes and apartments.

"We hope it can provide a model for speeding up delivery across London.

"We are entering the most exciting stage in the transformation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

"The south of the Park opens to the public on April 5, work will start on the first new neighbourhood, Chobham Manor, in the summer, and our plans for a new educational and cultural quarter with the V&A and UCL are taking shape.

"We are creating a new part of the city and these neighbourhoods will be at its heart."

The housing dimension complements the sporting legacy of London 2012 ©Getty ImagesThe housing dimension complements the sporting legacy of London 2012
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Similar enthusiasm was conveyed by London Mayor Boris Johnson as he outlined the significance of the community legacy programme.

"These neighbourhoods are about far more than bricks and mortar but about creating living, vibrant communities with a range of housing choices for Londoners, sitting at the heart of a dynamic new quarter of the capital," he said. 

"Having such a volume of interest from developers is a great step forward in this process."