QPR push Old Oak plans

qpr old oak sep 14Queens Park Rangers say their plans for a new stadium at Old Oak have received “overwhelming support”.

The club say thousands of people have backed their plans to build a new stadium at Old Oak Common.

In September, the club launched a consultation on their plans. It would be part of the Greater London Authority led regeneration around the HS2/Crossrail interchange that could provide 24,000 homes, and 55,000 jobs.

The consultation, which involved a six-day public exhibition, meetings with local groups, 50,000 newsletters and a project website, has, say the club, generated nearly 3,000 responses.

Nearly 90% of those consulted agree with QPR’s vision for Old Oak, and 88% support Old Oak as the location for a new QPR Stadium.

Tony Fernandes, Chairman of Queens Park Rangers, said: “We want to thank everyone who responded to our consultation and shared their thoughts with us. We are delighted that so many of our fans and members of the local community share our vision for the future of both QPR and Old Oak. This is only the first stage of consultation and we will continue to work with the community as we develop our plans in more detail.

“QPR have been in the area for over 100 years and have a loyal fan-base. We need to move on from Loftus Road if we are to sustain a top-flight football club and Old Oak Common is the only realistic place for us to move – close to our fans and our roots, with great transport links, and the opportunity to be at the heart of the most exciting new development in west London for years.

“Old Oak is the biggest regeneration since the Olympics and we have a responsibility to future generations to get it right. We need a comprehensive planned approach with a stadium as its beating heart, led by a football club with a stronger interest in the local community than any other kind of business.

“The choice at Old Oak is between a stadium-led regeneration, generating activity, passion and publicity in a new district with a beating heat, or a dormitory town of buy-to-let flats, driven by housing developers leaving little for the local community.”

QPR say they will now be working with the three local Boroughs, GLA and local groups to ensure that community benefits are at the heart of the club’s scheme. The club say they want to provide “new homes, businesses, schools, health facilities and jobs for local people; a place people want to go to as well as through”.

Fernandes added: “It is important we don’t let this opportunity go to waste. Local people have told us that they want QPR to stay in Hammersmith and Fulham – we hope the local Boroughs and GLA will support us. Let’s work together to deliver a thriving new city quarter that keeps QPR in west London and delivers real community benefits to the wider area.”

Much of the land required for the proposed stadium is owned by Cargiant, who recently launched their own regeneration plans for the site.

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