Th­ese strik­ing im­ages show a new city emerg­ing in north-west Lon­don with 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs. Lee Mal­lett re­veals how it will hap­pen

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

LON­DON is liv­ing through a pro­longed era of growth — a modern “Vic­to­rian age” of re­mark­able ex­pan­sion. The next demon­stra­tion of con­fi­dence and mus­cle will be the re­gen­er­a­tion of Old Oak Com­mon and Park Royal in north-west Lon­don — pro­vided a po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus and the will to de­liver is main­tained.

To­day we re­veal the first im­ages of Lon­don’s new­est neigh­bour­hood, where 1,600 acres will be trans­formed — a re­gen­er­a­tion hotspot equalled only by the Royal Docks and Beck­ton River­side in the east of the cap­i­tal. Old Oak will be a ma­jor new place for Lon­don­ers to live and work, with 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs over four decades.


Like the late 1800s, which saw Lon­don’s main rail­way ter­mini de­vel­oped in a ring around the cap­i­tal’s cen­tre, Old Oak in the 21st cen­tury will re­new con­nec­tions with the Mid­lands and the North, but from a sta­tion lo­cated fur­ther out that will drive new de­vel­op­ment in north­west Lon­don and sug­gests a larger di­men­sion for the city — as Vic­to­rian sta­tions did, and as Heathrow did in the post-war era.

The de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial of gi­ant in­dus­trial sheds, swarms of low-rise in­dus­trial build­ings, rail mar­shalling yards, a tan­gle of Tube, lo­cal and na­tional rail lines, threaded through by the Grand Union Canal, a rem­nant of a pre­vi­ous era of growth, will all be un­locked by the ar­rival of Cross­rail — the El­iz­a­beth line — and High Speed Two (HS2). An es­ti­mated £26 bil­lion-worth of de­vel­op­ment is fo­cused around a new in­ter­change, larger than Wa­ter­loo, where the El­iz­a­beth line and HS2 will meet in 2026.

Old Oak and Park Royal De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion — the OPDC — the may­oral body in charge of the area, claims the level of de­vel­op­ment will con­trib­ute “£7.6 bil­lion an­nu­ally to the UK econ­omy”. New chair­man of the OPDC, Liz Peace, says: “Lon­don­ers should be think­ing cre­atively about what Old Oak and Park Royal have to of­fer. The op­por­tu­ni­ties will be amaz­ing when you think Liz Peace chairs the de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion

about the ad­van­tages and con­nec­tions the new trans­port in­fra­struc­ture will bring to the area. It is an enor­mous pro­ject, but I’m go­ing to be fo­cus­ing on some of the smaller things so we make early progress and a dif­fer­ence in the next two or three years to bring new homes and jobs. That’s the way we will make a dif­fer­ence, which Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan is very in­ter­ested in.”


The first new hous­ing projects will be around the HS2/Cross­rail ter­mi­nal to the eastern end of the area and im­me­di­ately north of Worm­wood Scrubs.

The Mayor stamped his in­volve­ment on fu­ture de­vel­op­ment by per­suad­ing Queens Park Rangers Foot­ball Club and Ge­n­e­sis Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to in­crease the num­ber of af­ford­able homes in their Oak­lands scheme on the Grand Union Canal. The Greater Lon­don Author­ity

Oak­lands, above, the first new homes at Old Oak, will be for af­ford­able rent and shared own­er­ship

in­creased its grant to the 605-home de­vel­op­ment so that 40 per cent of the homes, up to 242 from 200, will be “af­ford­able”. Oak­lands, the first ma­jor scheme off the blocks in Old Oak, will in­clude a mix of so­cial and af­ford­able rent and shared- own­er­ship homes. Res­i­dents will move in from 2019. Of­fice and com­mer­cial space is in­cluded for small and lo­cal busi­nesses.

The foot­ball club is still look­ing for a new ground so it can re­lo­cate from Lof­tus Road, but seems to have dropped plans to ac­quire land from lo­cal busi- ness and ma­jor landowner Car Gi­ant, which plans a ma­jor mixed-use re­de­vel­op­ment scheme on its own 46 acres in the north-east cor­ner of the OPDC area. Old Oak Park, a joint pro­posal be­tween Car Gi­ant and de­vel­oper Lon­don & Re­gional, en­vis­ages 6,500 new homes and com­mer­cial space for 8,000 jobs. An out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will be made once a pro­posal to build a new viaduct over the rail tracks to the north of the site, cre­at­ing a link to Willes­den Junc­tion sta­tion, has been agreed.


The core of Old Oak, the new HS2, Cross­rail and Great West­ern Main Line in­ter­change sta­tion is due to open in

With Cross­rail, HS2 and new Over­ground sta­tions, 60,000 peo­ple will live at Old Oak — to­day there are just 4,000

nar­row­boats pass derelict in­dus­trial units on the banks of the Grand Union Canal while nearby, Old Oak’s first new homes are un­der way at Oak­lands

Change is com­ing:

“Amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties”:

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