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Old Oak Common moves forward as masterplan unveiled for major Old Oak Park site

A masterplan for the first major site to come forward at west London’s Old Oak Common redevelopment has been unveiled today.

Landowner Cargiant and development partners London & Regional Properties revealed the proposals, which include the delivery of 7,000 homes and 8,000 jobs.

The Old Oak Park team said it had revised its housing numbers down from 9,000 to enhance the quality of the surrounding public space.

It said: “The 7,000 new homes emerging from a series of distinct neighbourhoods will include a variety of different housing types and will be available at all price ranges, meeting the needs of Londoners.

“The Old Oak Park team has revised its housing numbers down from its early vision of creating 9,000 homes in order to enhance the quality of the public realm, creating bigger parks and more open space.”

The overall designs include: up to 7,000 new homes; six new neighbourhoods; a primary school; a new high street called Old Oak Walk; a viaduct; commercial and retail space; 14 new bridges and underpasses.

It hopes to create up to 8,000 new jobs.

A public consultation has now been launched by masterplan designers PLP Architecture and consulting engineers Arup.

Old Oak Park is the largest privately owned section of the 18.6 ha Old Oak Common regeneration site.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation was created in April last year and acts as the Local Planning Authority for the whole area.

Its chief executive Victoria Hills said: “We welcome the progress that has been made as consultation starts on the Old Oak Park masterplan and are looking forward to receiving the planning application.

“We will continue to work with the Cargiant team and this milestone shows real momentum behind this significant regeneration programme.

“The consultation follows hot on the heels of the OPDC adopting its planning framework, as we get ready to consult on the local plan which will set out the blueprint for the wider regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal.”

Cargiant has been in the area since 1985 and is currently looking for alternative sites in west London to relocate to. It is hoped the relocation will happen in 2021.

Cargiant managing director Tony Mendes said: “We are an important member of the west London community but now find ourselves at the heart of an area earmarked to deliver homes and jobs for the future of London.

“It’s so important to me that our masterplan creates the connections into the surrounding areas so local people can benefit from the transformation.”

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