Masterplan proposed for £1bn Stratford regeneration

Planning approval has been sought for London’s largest estate-regeneration scheme.

The £1bn masterplan for the Carpenters Estate in Stratford will see the delivery of 2,152 new homes across a 23-acre site, with at least half available for social rent.

Plans submitted by Populo Living – Newham Council’s wholly owned housing-delivery company – include a state-of-the-art community centre, new buildings for the local Building Crafts College, improvements to the Carpenters Primary School, and better access into Stratford station and the Olympic Park.

The multidisciplinary team behind the proposals is led by the Tibbalds CampbellReith joint venture, which is also acting as the planning consultant, and includes Metropolitan Workshop and Proctor & Matthews Architects.

Almost half of the existing homes on the 1970s East London estate will be refurbished as part of Newham’s plan to make Stratford the borough’s first ‘Green Zone’. All existing council tenants, homeowners and those with a right to return will be able to remain on the estate, the borough said.

Phase one of the regeneration is already underway after permission was secured from the London Legacy Development Corporation in May for the refurbishment of the James Riley Point high-rise. The first 136 homes in the building are expected to be completed early next year.

The refurbishment of the 167 flats at the Lund Point high-rise, as well as new family housing in the surrounding area, is expected to follow this work as part of phase 2.

Spaces for work, training and commercial opportunities are planned along the northern edge of the site adjacent to the railway line. Residents have already backed the plan, with 73 per cent voting to endorse the proposals in a ballot at the end of last year.

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said the investment reflected the scale of the council’s ambition for residents and her commitment to deliver much-needed affordable homes. “We are making substantial progress with the Carpenters Estate restoration and regeneration programme,” she said.

“Submitting the outline masterplan is a demonstration of our commitment to transforming the estate into a vibrant community and neighbourhood instead of a ghost town languishing because of historical neglect.”

The regeneration programme is intended to support inclusive growth in Newham by providing hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships, investment in local businesses through local procurement and new inward investment to the borough throughout its 15-year span.

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