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05/09/2014

Consultation launched on west London regeneration

Words: Sam Waddicor

A consultation has opened into plans to redevelop 155 hectares of brownfield land in west London into 24,000 homes and a 40,000-seater football stadium.

Premier league football team Queens Park Rangers is spearheading the proposal for Old Oak Common, near the infamous Wormwood Scrubs prison.

The proposed £6bn development will include a new 40,000 seat stadium for QPR along with at least 24,000 new homes that will be a mix of affordable housing and homes sold at market rates. Developers also predict that business space created as part of the regeneration will provide at least 50,000 jobs.

Transport for London is also involved in the regeneration of the area, having earmarked Old Oak Common as a major transport hub for both HS2 and Crossrail. The consultation started with more than 50,000 newsletters being delivered to homes and business in the West London area inviting them to view and comment on initial plans.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: “We are looking to deliver much more than just a stadium. We want to create a new destination that we propose to call ‘New Queens Park’. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.

“There are many local benefits that will arise out of the regeneration of the Old Oak area, including new homes, new jobs and a much improved local environment. These benefits will be shared widely by the surrounding communities in Hammersmith, Ealing and Brent, including large numbers of our supporters.

QPR does face competition from a rival proposal by local car dealer Cargiant, who themselves own 45 acres in the area. They have yet to release any details of a rival proposal.

Photo Credit: David Hawgood

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