FAQS

Q1: What is Plaistow Place?

Plaistow Place will be an integral part of the community, offering existing and new residents more facilities and opportunities to grow, flourish and enjoy.

Our carefully considered masterplan will include:

Q2: Why do we need a new secondary school here?
  • The Department for Education estimates that Newham will require almost 1,600 new secondary school places over the next five years.
  • After a rigorous site selection process, 259 Plaistow Road, in the heart of Plaistow, has been identified as the most suitable and appropriate location for a new secondary school and sixth-form for children between 11-18 years old.
  • Our aim is for the school to open in September 2023.
Q3: Who will run the new school?
  • The Big Education Trust has been selected as the educational partner to manage the school.
  • The Trust already has an excellent track record in the Borough and operates the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ School 21 in Stratford.
Q4: Who will these new homes be available for?
  • Our target is to deliver around 400 new homes.
  • This will include a mixture of market, affordable and social rent homes.
Q5: What type of facilities will be on offer for local people?
  • We want to ensure Plaistow Place includes all the aspects that makes an area a place where you want to spend time.
  • Let us know what you think this area needs and the role Plaistow Place can play in this by filling out our short survey here.
Q6: Will there be new employment opportunities for local people?
  • New employment opportunities will be created through the school, workspaces and shops.
  • These workspaces and shops could be used for a variety of uses – including collaborative and flexible workspaces and a small convenience store.
  • The construction process will also provide many new employment opportunities for the community, as well as apprenticeships and training.
  • We will work with Newham Workplace and local business groups to ensure as many jobs as a possible go to local people, both during construction and once the site is operational.
Q7: How will new residents and pupils travel to and from Plaistow Place?
  • The residential element at Plaistow Place will be car-free, except for car parking required for the accessible homes.
  • New residents, school pupils and their parents will be encouraged to walk, cycle and use public transport. Cycling will be a priority with a significant number of new cycle spaces being provided.
Q8: Why are you demolishing the buildings on the site now?
  • Works are due to begin to remove the vacant buildings on the site in early December.
  • This is to prepare the site for future construction works, which will require planning permission from Newham Council.
  • For more information about these works, please download a letter that was recently shared with local residents.
Q9: How will the design of the buildings impact residents?
  • The design of the buildings will be of high-quality and reflective of the local materials in the area.
  • The height and massing of the development will be in keeping with the emerging context around the tube station.
  • The tallest element will be lower than Plaistow Hub, and located to the south of the site, away from our closest neighbours on Corporation Street.