Boris consults on draft Old Oak Framework

old oak map opdc vision feb 2015The Mayor of London is consulting on the Draft Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework, and has published a draft for comment.

The Framework will, when adopted, be Supplementary Planning Guidance to the London Plan. The Mayor says the draft framework has been produced by the Greater London Authority with contributions from Transport for London and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.

It sets out a vision for the area, and planning guidance to capitalise on future transport improvements to deliver “transformative change” at Old Oak, regeneration of Park Royal and continue the protection of Wormwood Scrubs.

The draft says it wants Old Oak and Park Royal to be a “sustainable New Town built on brownfield land in the centre of London”. It hopes it can be an exemplar in accessible, high quality and ‘smart’ regeneration and make a major contribution to strengthening London’s role as a global city.

The draft sets out how the new transport links – the HS2/Crossrail interchange – could help an area “previously cut off from the rest of London”. It also says that it hopes for economic benefits to surrounding local centres in Harlesden, Acton,
Ealing and Kensal, including great local employment opportunities, both
during and post construction.

The plan outline how the Mayor wants to work to create 55,000 new
jobs focussed around the new Old Oak Common station while protecting the 70,000 already based on Park Royal.

It says that Park Royal “will continue to be London’s largest industrial estate housing more than 2,000 businesses”. These will be supplemented by businesses relocating from the Old Oak area, as that is mainly slated for housing in the draft document.

Old Oak itself will house a minimum of 24,000 new homes in the Mayor’s vision, as well as a new Town Centre and High Street. The Mayor also sees a minimum of 1,500 new homes in specific non-industrial locations in Park Royal.

The draft allows for the possibility of a football stadium too. It says that a new Queens Park Rangers Stadium “could be supported, subject to it meeting appropriate planning requirements and securing land agreements, as it could provide an early catalyst for regeneration and a vibrant focal point for the development”.

Queens Park Rangers will be speaking at Place West London on May 20, along with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. See more details.

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