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Cargiant shaves more homes from Old Oak plans to 'enhance public realm'

Landowner Cargiant and its development partner London & Regional Properties have dropped a further 500 homes from their masterplan for the 18.6 ha Old Oak Park site, the largest privately owned site at west London’s Old Oak Common regeneration hub.

The site will now accommodate up to 6,500 homes and 1m sq ft of commercial space, down from the 7,000 homes envisaged when the masterplan was issued in January and the 9,000 originally proposed.

Cargiant said it had done this “to enhance the quality of the public realm and in order to retain some of the existing buildings”, including the 1940’s Rolls-Royce Building.

Old Oak Park development director Geoff Springer said: “Old Oak Park is part of the most important regeneration opportunity in London since the Olympics.

“We want to create a new piece of city that benefits all communities; building new homes for Londoners, supporting job opportunities that people can access, great parks and an incredible canal-side environment.”

The 650 ha Old Oak Common site is planned to be the interchange between the Crossrail and High Speed 2 rail lines and its £26bn regeneration was handed to a development corporation by former London mayor Boris Johnson.

New mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered a review of this, saying his predecessor may have “rushed into [a] deal without doing the due diligence checks”.

In February, Construction News spoke to Old Oak Development Corporation chief executive Victoria Hills, who said: ”There are lots of people out there with ideas of what Old Oak should be but we haven’t come up with our own position yet.

“Either way, we don’t want it to end up being soulless homes and nothing else. We want it to have an identity, which we can determine.”

 

 

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