Tower Hamlets have recently approved a big (in terms of land at least) new residential development on the site of the former Blessed St John Roche Catholic secondary School on Upper North Street, Poplar. The school was built as one of the centrepieces of the 'Life' section of the festival of Britain in 1951 serving the Lansbury Estate and wider community and is included in the Lansbury Conservation area.
The site lies slightly to the north of East India Dock Road less than a mile from Canary Wharf and faces onto Bartlett Park, the largest park in the area. There are 6 blocks planned of 3,5,6,7,9 and 16 storeys containing 534 units. There will also be integrated community spaces and retail units. The development will have to incorporate the protected public gardens of the former St Mary's church which was destroyed by bomb damage in WWII.
Demolition work has already been carried out on site by the main contractor Bellway Homes, construction is likely to start in the very near future.