The public ‘backs plans’ for new £5bn city in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 11:48 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:32 13 May 2016

Artist sketch of the development (Pic: Old Oak Park)

Artist sketch of the development (Pic: Old Oak Park)


Plans to develop Old Oak Common in Harlesden into a new city has received overwhelming support from the community, according to a report published this week.

Artist sketch of the proposed cultural quarter (Pic: Old Oak Park)Artist sketch of the proposed cultural quarter (Pic: Old Oak Park)

The £5billion project, which includes land within the boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, promises to boost the economy in the area by £15billion through the creation of up to 7,000 homes and more than 8,000 jobs.

The report highlights the results of a third round of public consultations that took place earlier this year.

It will be sent to more than 500 local people who took part in the consultation.

Under the 30-year long scheme a new city on the 950 hectare site will be called Old Oak Park, this includes 46 acres which is predominately owned by Cargiant.

In addition to thousands of new homes, which includes 50 new buildings, it will also offer community and sports facilities around a Central Square, leading on to a market, shops and a new high street called Old Oak Walk which features a 25 metre wide pedestrian area.

A new primary school, community centre and a healthcare facility is also included in the plans.

A “world famous cultural institution” will move to the development with speculation the Science Museum could relocate its archives of 170,000 unexhibited scientific objects from their current storage area in South Kensington to the site.

The city will also become a major transport hub where High Speed 2 meets Crossrail, creating super-fast links in and out of the area. Geoff Springer, development Director at Old Oak Park said: “Cargiant has been based at Old Oak Common since 1985, employing more than 800 people and supporting the local economy. Now we find ourselves at the heart of an area earmarked to deliver homes and job so we feel a real sense of responsibility to the area to ensure that regeneration provides real benefits for local people.

“That’s why I am delighted to receive such overwhelming support for our emerging proposals.”

A fourth public consultation will take place later this year before a planning application is submitted.

To read the full report visit here.

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