First bricks laid to regenerate Poplar’s once-troubled Brownfield Estate

It takes more than just a few bricks to regenerate a troubled neighbourhood in London’s East End once plagued by yobs in the street.

But the bricks are enough to start the process on Poplar’s Brownfield housing estate.

The first few were laid by Poplar Harca housing and regeneration association as construction for 23 new affordable family homes got under way last week to replace the old Builders Arms pub and a block of bedsits linked to anti-social behaviour in the past.

The association’s development director Neal Hunt said: “These new family homes will help address the severe overcrowding problem in Poplar and create a safe space for families when they’re ready next year.”

The Telford development includes eight two-bed flats, 10 four-bed maisonettes and five wheelchair accessible flats, part of a wider regeneration programme for around 170 new homes as well as refurbishment of older properties and new youth and community services on the estate.

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