East London blocks of flats will be knocked down and the sites redeveloped to provide more social housing and school places.

Tower Hamlets Council has backed housing association Poplar Harca’s proposed transformation of the Burdett Estate, with the cabinet approving plans for a compulsory purchase order.

The decision means the social landlord will demolish two existing housing blocks – Printon and Linton House – replacing them with homes for rent and sale as well as extending St Paul’s Way Trust School .

More than 450 primary school places will be provided by its expansion and a dedicated nursery space will be created.

A total of 1,650 children between the ages of four and 18 will be able to attend.

Young learners will be housed on the ground floor, with mixed tenure properties above.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said “I’m glad to be able to support an innovative scheme that will bring much-needed school places, a high quality school building to an area of the borough where demand is high and relieve pressure on housing through the delivery of new affordable and social rented homes.”

The scheme already has planning permission with £13million put aside for the school’s expansion.

A total of 109 homes will be created replacing 54 dwellings in Printon and Linton House.