In total, 3,810 homes will be built on a site that is about 10 times bigger than Trafalgar Square and, when completed, could house 10,000 Londoners.
Nearly 4,000 homes are planned for the 29-acre former Parcelforce site in Stephenson Street, Canning Town, a half-hour walk from Canary Wharf Tower.
The scheme will have 356 homes per two-and-a-half acres, while the London Plan, covering the Mayor’s guidelines on densities, suggests a maximum 260.
The first phase will include 7,500sq ft of offices, 58,000sq ft of shops and a 1,000-pupil secondary school.
More than half of the site will be open space including two small parks.