Tower Hamlets is the fastest growing borough in the UK according to a recent population study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The research showed that the population of the east London borough is projected to rise by more than a quarter to 355,400 by 2024 – an increase of 71,000.

The borough tops the list but east London dominates the top 10 with Newham , Barking and Dagenham, the City, Hackney and Redbridge all featuring.

Tower Hamlets councillor Andrew Wood believes that the council should be encouraging more development across the borough, as most of the growth is taking part in the Isle of Dogs, particularly Canary Wharf.

In order to cope with the growth, the Canary Wharf representative believes that there needs to be a number of improvements to the infrastructure on the Isle of Dogs.

This includes 10 primary schools, two or three secondary schools and 36 GPs.

He said: “The Isle of Dogs is the fastest growing area in Tower Hamlets. We will have buildings of a size and density that only places like Manhattan, Hong Kong and Shanghal can compete with but as yet we are missing a masterplan that makes sense of how this might work.

“We believe we will need 13 extra schools and 36 extra GPs based on known development but do not know yet where to build many of these new schools or NHS surgeries.

“The Isle of Dogs Neighbourhood Planning Forum has called for development to slow down until we have a masterplan and is it really sensible to put so much new housing on an island with only two roads on and off.”

Nine out of the top 10 fastest-growing local populations in Britain were London boroughs, including Newham and Hackney.

Newham is projected to grow 17.4% to 380,800 while the Hackney population will rise to 306,300.

The capital as a whole is predicted to grow by 13.7% (1.17 million) to 9,708,000.

It has been put down to the city’s high birth rate and immigration from abroad.

The number of people living in the UK will rise by 9.7million over the next 25 years to 74.3million in mid 2039.

Suzie Dunsmith, of the Population Projections Unit at the ONS, said: “All regions of England are projected to see an increase in their population size over the next decade, with London, the East of England and South East projected to grow faster than the country as a whole.

“The population is also ageing with all regions seeing a faster growth in those aged 65 and over than in younger age groups.”