Our proposals for Plaistow Place will deliver:
- An exciting education led mixed-use development.
- A new 800 place secondary school with a sixth form to meet the educational needs in Newham.
- 319 new homes – private, family and affordable, including social rented homes.
- A range of new school facilities that can be used by the whole community including a 5-a-side football pitch, dance studio, conference facilities and sports hall.
- A significant amount of high-quality landscaping that celebrates the school.
- New small units for retail, office and community use
The new school will be built as the first phase of the development, and is planned to open to pupils in September 2024. The new homes will be delivered in the second phase.
The proposed new school
The site and opportunity
A map of the area, showing the site outlined in red.
- The site is located to the north-west of Plaistow London Underground station and is now a vacant brownfield site.
- The site is allocated for residential led development in the Council’s Local Plan.
- The site is allocated to deliver a new secondary school within the Council’s Educational Strategy, ‘Places for All, 2020-2025’.
- In 2019, Newham Council granted planning approval for a 323-home proposal to develop the site, with buildings up to 19 storeys tall. The Department for Education acquired the site to deliver a new school to meet the Borough’s education need.
- The Plaistow area is experiencing change with new developments such as Plaistow Hub (shown right) emerging and delivering homes and shops. Our proposals seek to complement the emerging context, delivering a new school and homes to meet the needs of the Borough.
Plaistow Hub, which is currently under construction, will create new buildings around the station up to 23 storeys in height.
The site, shown above, is currently vacant
AN EDUCATION-LED SCHEME
Our vision is to deliver a school that becomes an important long-term community building asset in Plaistow.
School 21, part of the Big Education Trust already operates the very successful, Ofsted Outstanding, School 21 in Stratford, delivering excellent facilities for its students and teachers. The Trust’s core values focus on an education of ‘head, heart and hand’, striving for academic and personal excellence while seeking a wider impact in the communities they operate in.
If the application is approved, the school will open for pupils in September 2024.
- Outdoor Sports pitches (including a 5 a side pitch) and two multi-use outdoor games areas.
- An indoor sports hall.
- A performance centre for drama, music and live events.
- Teaching rooms and IT facilities for adult learning courses.
School 21 in Stratford is an Ofsted Outstanding school
“One of the things I love most about School 21, as a parent and neighbour, is that one of its top priorities is teaching respect across the whole school. This is more than just pupils showing respect for their teachers, but also teachers respecting their students as well as students respecting each other across the year groups and cultural backgrounds. As a neighbour, I see this reflected in how well-behaved the children of all ages are on the way to and from school – they truly act like a big, caring family. As a parent, I appreciate it because it teaches my son, and his friends, accountability to others and themselves.”
Proposed promenade viewed from Plaistow Road looking towards the new school
We have revisited our landscape strategy to deliver the best possible environment for everyone.
Our new approach seeks to:
- Deliver a landscape-led approach that celebrates the school and is integral to Plaistow’s emerging development context.
- Increase the prominence of the school, making it more visible from Plaistow Road.
- Deliver a safe, vibrant and attractive environment for everyone.
- Deliver a high quality designed central promenade, which will provide a safe walkway to the school and playing fields.
- Create an attractive new public plaza that can host community events, and safe areas for children to play.
- We will deliver 319 new homes – private, family and affordable, including social rented homes.
- The new homes will help fund the delivery of the school. The homes will be built as part of the second phase of the development.
REDUCING THE IMPACT ON
- A draft Construction Management plan will be submitted with the application and the contractor will be required to adhere to the regulatory requirements and safe working practises.
- Students will be encouraged to use the excellent public transport services on offer, as well as walk and/or cycle to and from the school.
- Some car parking spaces will be provided to facilitate the needs of the school.
- The residential scheme will be car free save for the provision of disabled car parking spaces.
- During both the construction and operation of the scheme, all vehicle movements will be carefully managed and restricted, as much as reasonably practicable.
AND NEXT STEPS
The proposed scheme with Plaistow station in the foreground, and Plaistow Hub shown on the left and right.
We are grateful for all the feedback we have received over three phases of public consultation, including at our most recent engagement events in September 2021.
The planning application is available on Newham Council’s website for comment, the planning reference number is 21/03194/OUT. For ease, the application can be found here.