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last updated: October 5, 2005

Poplar HARCA


Poplar is a neighbourhood of Tower Hamlets, Inner East London, about a mile square with (prior to the transfer of local authority estates to the HARCA) 11,000 local authority homes. Tower Hamlets, according to the Index of Local Deprivation (2000) "Rank of Average of Ward Scores" is the most deprived local authority district in England. However, Poplar is immediately adjacent to Canary Wharf, the London Docklands development area and the Millennium Dome. The financial centre of the City of London is less than two kilometres away.

Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association) is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) to which seven estates, formerly belonging to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, were transferred between 1997 and 2001 (following a series of tenant ballots). The housing stock comprises mostly flatted accommodation of between 3 and 8 storeys. It is proposed that some 10 per cent of the stock will be demolished and the remainder refurbished using £53 million of Estate Renewal Challenge Fund resources plus £91 million of private finance. The estates have a high proportion of ethnic minority tenants, especially of a Bangladeshi origin.