South Poplar Masterplan

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The council is developing a masterplan for South Poplar. The map below shows the intended masterplan area. It will cover sites located south of Poplar High Street and will also extend into Canary Wharf. The masterplan is being developed as a supplementary planning document (SPD) to support the implementation and aspirations of the new Tower Hamlets Local Plan. It will act as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

We are in the preliminary stages of the project and would like to hear from you as we develop the masterplan. An online poll has been prepared to assist us in better understanding the needs and aspirations of the local community. We'd love you to read more about the project below but if you want, you can head straight to the poll.



Why is this masterplan needed?

In order to effectively and meaningfully implement recently adopted local and national policies, the masterplan is being developed to address key principles including connectivity, open space, housing, community cohesion, employment, sustainability, heritage and identity.

The Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031 (Managing Growth and Sharing Benefits) was adopted on 15 January 2020. The draft New London Plan was published in December 2019 and is intended for adoption. The Mayor of London adopted the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) on 14 October 2019. These overarching frameworks contain a number of spatial polices, development management policies and site allocations to guide and manage development in the borough.

This policy framework and in particular, the South Poplar Masterplan, is required to understand the finer grain of detail in terms of the challenges within the area as well as the opportunities in gaining a holistic understanding of site delivery and phasing.

There is also an opportunity to deliver improved north-south and east-west connectivity, linked to the severance currently caused by Aspen Way. This includes looking at ways to provide an improved connection across the existing Poplar DLR footbridge and a new connection that would link Poplar High Street to the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station.

What will this masterplan achieve?

We are working to ensure the vision and objectives set out in the local plan and OAPF are delivered. South Poplar is a key opportunity and growth area within the borough as highlighted in the local plan’s site allocations. These site allocations include the sites of North Quay, Billingsgate Market and Aspen Way. The masterplan will help facilitate comprehensive development whilst also ensuring that practical requirements are deliverable and viable.

Overall, it is intended for South Poplar to share in the benefits of good growth, improved transport capacity and connectivity, be provided with social infrastructure alongside development, benefit from joined up development across different land ownership and be protected against the construction impacts of future developments. The masterplan will optimise land around a transport hub and provide more certainty within the development management process.


What we would like to know

At this early stage, we hope to capture your thoughts on the following themes:

  • Connectivity
  • Green and open spaces
  • Activities and facilities for young people
  • Heritage and identity
  • Community cohesion

In addition to the online poll, a digital exhibition is planned during October and November 2020. This will be a further opportunity to get involved in the development of this project.

How will your responses be used?

The responses will assist in the generation of our digital exhibition and will be used to develop the masterplan itself and its related strategies. Your responses will ultimately help inform the policies we implement.

Take part in the online poll

The council is developing a masterplan for South Poplar. The map below shows the intended masterplan area. It will cover sites located south of Poplar High Street and will also extend into Canary Wharf. The masterplan is being developed as a supplementary planning document (SPD) to support the implementation and aspirations of the new Tower Hamlets Local Plan. It will act as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

We are in the preliminary stages of the project and would like to hear from you as we develop the masterplan. An online poll has been prepared to assist us in better understanding the needs and aspirations of the local community. We'd love you to read more about the project below but if you want, you can head straight to the poll.



Why is this masterplan needed?

In order to effectively and meaningfully implement recently adopted local and national policies, the masterplan is being developed to address key principles including connectivity, open space, housing, community cohesion, employment, sustainability, heritage and identity.

The Tower Hamlets Local Plan 2031 (Managing Growth and Sharing Benefits) was adopted on 15 January 2020. The draft New London Plan was published in December 2019 and is intended for adoption. The Mayor of London adopted the Isle of Dogs and South Poplar Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) on 14 October 2019. These overarching frameworks contain a number of spatial polices, development management policies and site allocations to guide and manage development in the borough.

This policy framework and in particular, the South Poplar Masterplan, is required to understand the finer grain of detail in terms of the challenges within the area as well as the opportunities in gaining a holistic understanding of site delivery and phasing.

There is also an opportunity to deliver improved north-south and east-west connectivity, linked to the severance currently caused by Aspen Way. This includes looking at ways to provide an improved connection across the existing Poplar DLR footbridge and a new connection that would link Poplar High Street to the new Canary Wharf Crossrail Station.

What will this masterplan achieve?

We are working to ensure the vision and objectives set out in the local plan and OAPF are delivered. South Poplar is a key opportunity and growth area within the borough as highlighted in the local plan’s site allocations. These site allocations include the sites of North Quay, Billingsgate Market and Aspen Way. The masterplan will help facilitate comprehensive development whilst also ensuring that practical requirements are deliverable and viable.

Overall, it is intended for South Poplar to share in the benefits of good growth, improved transport capacity and connectivity, be provided with social infrastructure alongside development, benefit from joined up development across different land ownership and be protected against the construction impacts of future developments. The masterplan will optimise land around a transport hub and provide more certainty within the development management process.


What we would like to know

At this early stage, we hope to capture your thoughts on the following themes:

  • Connectivity
  • Green and open spaces
  • Activities and facilities for young people
  • Heritage and identity
  • Community cohesion

In addition to the online poll, a digital exhibition is planned during October and November 2020. This will be a further opportunity to get involved in the development of this project.

How will your responses be used?

The responses will assist in the generation of our digital exhibition and will be used to develop the masterplan itself and its related strategies. Your responses will ultimately help inform the policies we implement.

Take part in the online poll