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25,000-home framework for West London green-lit

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved and adopted a planning framework that will deliver more than 25,500 homes and create up to 65,000 jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal.

As Old Oak in West London is set to become home to High Speed 2 and Crossrail Station by 2026, Johnson believes this presents the opportunity to create new homes and could provide almost 14 per cent of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031.

Launched in April by the Mayor, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation aims to drive the planning and regeneration of the site in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, and Ealing.

A consultation was held earlier this year for the Opportunity Area Planning Framework, which has now been approved by Johnson following its conclusion.

Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning and chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “London urgently needs new homes and commercial space to meet its ever-growing population and there can be no doubt that the regeneration of Old Oak represents a real opportunity to meet those needs. This strategy will mean we can plan for the future of this vast site as we work to create a new, thriving and sustainable part of the capital, where people will love to live, work, play and visit.”

The planning framework aims to:

  • Create a new urban neighbourhood at Old Oak, supporting a minimum of 24,000 homes;

  • Plan for HS2/Crossrail and National Rail interchange to “regenerate the area”;

  • Support the creation of 55,000 new jobs at Old Oak and 10,000 at Park Royal;

  • Protect and enhance Park Royal as a strategic industrial location;

  • Ensure new development safeguards nearby amenity assets such as Wormwood Scrubs and the Grand Union Canal; and

  • Work with communities, residents and businesses to realise the strategy.

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