Cargiant show revised Old Oak plans

cargiant-masterplan-jan16Cargiant and their development partners London & Regional Properties have unveiled their illustrative masterplan for their 46-acre site at the heart of Old Oak Common.

The partners say the plans would create up to 7,000 new homes and support around 8,000 new jobs.

Cargiant’s site, which they have renamed Old Oak Park, is the first major plan to come forward at Old Oak Common – where Crossrail and HS2 will interset at a new station.

The plans follow public consultation in Summer 2015 and represent the launch of the illustrative Masterplan for further consultation.

The partners say the masterplan connects to existing communities with 14 bridges and viaducts, a new high street, and new public squares as well as a transformed environment around 1.2km of canal frontage. It includes a “Cultural Quarter” at the heart of the site which they say will be anchored by a major cultural institution to be announced later in 2016.

Old Oak Park is the largest privately owned site at Old Oak Common and the current home of Cargiant, the world’s largest used car dealership.

The illustrative masterplan has been created by PLP/Architecture and Arup.

The 7,000 new homes would be in a series of distinct neighbourhoods and would include a variety of different housing types available at a range of prices. The Old Oak Park team has revised its housing numbers down from its early vision of creating 9,000 homes in order, they say, to enhance the quality of the public realm; creating bigger parks and more open space.

Connecting the site and wider Old Oak development areas to the neighbouring parts of West London would be 14 new bridges and underpasses. A new landscaped 25-metre pedestrian high street, called Old Oak Walk, would be the central artery that connects the existing and emerging communities and new transport connections.

A number of open spaces with different activities and places to meet would emerge across Old Oak Park, each giving a distinctive feel to the neighbourhoods surrounding them. The biggest asset, the Grand Union Canal, would have a nature reserve and towpath to the south and a new promenade to the north, which is currently inaccessible, and, they hope, would be lined with parks, cafes, restaurants and performance spaces.

A new London Overground Station at Hythe Road, between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush, would also be created on the site by constructing a 200m viaduct. This would open up a Central Square below which is hoped would be the heart of Old Oak Park.

Tony Mendes, Managing Director of Cargiant said: “Cargiant has been based at the heart of Old Oak Common since 1985, employing over 700 people and supporting the local economy. 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. I’m delighted to launch our consultation so we can hear the views of our neighbours in the communities around us.”

Geoff Springer, Old Oak Park Development Director, said: “Old Oak Park is going to be an exceptional new piece of London – where we will create new homes at all tenures and price ranges, job opportunities that people can access, good schools, great parks and an incredible canal-side environment. At its heart will be a fascinating cultural quarter that will bring people from all over the capital, the UK and even the world, to this part of West London. We are committed to delivering that vision”.

In April 2015 the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation (OPDC) was established and acts as the Local Planning Authority for the area in order to help realise the vision and opportunity of Old Oak and Park Royal. At the end of 2015 the OPDC published the Opportunity Area Planning Framework for Old Oak Common and it is now also preparing
 its draft Local Plan.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning and Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, said: “This masterplan is another sign of the growing momentum behind the transformation of Old Oak.

“We are working hard with Cargiant and others to deliver the homes, offices, work spaces and community and cultural facilities to create a brand new thriving part of the capital.”

Cargiant and London & Regional say the Old Oak Park team has been working closely with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, where the site is, as well as the neighbouring boroughs of Ealing and Brent.

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, 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”.

The site was the subject of a plan by Queens Park Rangers to build a new stadium, but QPR do not control the site.

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