Prompted by the Government’s proposals for a new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail station at Old Oak by 2026, the Mayor, Transport for London and the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham are consulting on a new vision for the area which forms part of the wider Park Royal Opportunity Area straddling the three Boroughs.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is Friday 6 September.
Old Oak is an area of industrial and railway land between Old Oak Common Lane, Wormwood Scrubs and Willesden Junction within the eastern part of the Park Royal Opportunity Area (the Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework was adopted by the Mayor in 2011).
HS2 could mean Old Oak becomes one of the best connected railway stations in the UK which in turn could help generate significant potential for economic development, jobs growth and new homes.
The “Vision for Old Oak” consultation document sets out how the area could be transformed over the next 30-years with up to 90,000 jobs and up to 19,000 new homes, schools, open spaces, shops and leisure facilities.
The scale of growth means this is a significant new area of opportunity when set alongside capacity estimates for other Opportunity Areas across London (eg Nine Elms Vauxhall – 16,000 new homes).
It will also mean that new health infrastructure will need to be provided as well as creating opportunities to improve services in the wider area and ensure healthy urban neighbourhood principles are an integral part of the design.
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