New homes, shops, high street, jobs and businesses could be built in Harlesden
PUBLISHED: 06:45 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 12:01 18 June 2015
Thousands of new homes and a high street could be built as part of the redevelopment of a car-dealership site in Harlesden and Park Royal.
The plans for the 46 acre Cargiant land at Old Oak Common also includes new schools, nurseries, play spaces, health facilities, restaurants, bars and a cultural quarter which promises to transform the area.
Once transformed the site which will be called Old Oak Park will also incorporate one million sq ft of commercial office and workspace and create thousand of new jobs for a part of Brent that struggles with high-unemployment levels.
A public consultation into the plans has been launched today with residents being urged to take part and have their say.
Geoff Springer, director at Cargiant’s development partner, London & Regional Properties, said: “At Old Oak Park we will create a place that people and families from right across London would choose to live in, with job opportunities, good schools, great parks and high quality new homes right next to the best connections in London bar none. We are committed to delivering that vision.
“This will be a vibrant new community and we want to provide for every part of society – young and old, singles and those with families, students and those in need of affordable housing.”
The transformation will take place next door to the Old Oak Common site which will be regenerated by the Mayor of London after it was approved by the government in February.
The 30-year project driven by Boris Johnson promises to boost the area’s economy by £15bn through the creation of a brand new city with up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.
Two new train stations which interchange with railway projects HS2 and Crossrail could also be built in Harlesden under the plans.
Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor of London and chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral Development Corporation, said: “Old Oak Common is truly one of the most exciting parts of London. It is going to be home to a huge railway station that brings together HS2 and Crossrail, which a quarter of a million people will use every day.
“On top of all this movement, all this connectivity, we are working hard to build the homes, offices, work spaces and community facilities to create a brand new part of the capital.”