Crossrail link to Wembley would accelerate regeneration

Brent Council says it is working hard to ensure residents in Brent get the most out of the UK’s largest regeneration scheme at Old Oak and Park Royal.

Development of the area is forecast to boost the UK economy by an estimated £7 billion a year, while creating 25,500 new homes and 65,000 jobs.

In response to a Local Plan consultation for the regeneration scheme, Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said:  “Wembley is one of the London Mayor’s Housing Zones – it has been identified as an area of high potential for growth – and is home to the national stadium.  We welcome the reference in the plan to a Crossrail to West Coast Mainline link providing connections to Wembley – with the central London economy expanding outwards, we believe a Crossrail link between Old Oak Common and Wembley would make perfect sense, and help accelerate regeneration of the area.

“We look forward to more specific details in the revised Local Plan consultation document, due out later this year.”

Cllr Muhammed Butt continued: “Brent Council fully supports the regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal because of the fantastic transport connections and large amount of new homes and jobs that will be created.

“There’s no denying that the scale of transformation is huge. That’s why we need to make sure, from the very outset, that the regeneration will help improve the lives of local people in Brent, especially around Harlesden and Willesden.

“Our main priority is always to secure the maximum benefit for our residents. We want to see as much affordable housing provided as possible and also ensure the very best outcome for Willesden Junction and Harlesden High Street.”

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