Brent Council requests more affordable housing in Old Oak Common development

Old Oak Common regeneration will take place over a 30 year period.

Old Oak Common regeneration will take place over a 30 year period. - Credit: Archant

Brent Council have asked for more affordable housing and green space to be included in plans to redevelop Old Oak Common in the Harlesden area.

The town hall has made the suggestion to the Mayor of London in response to a consultation into the 30-year plan which promises to boost the economy in the area by £15billion.

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, approved the development of the 950 hectare site that will see the creation of a brand new city with up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.

Two stations in Harlesden which would interchange with railway projects HS2 and Crossrail have also been proposed as part of the plans.

The formal response to Boris Johnson from the council highlights the need for a full range of genuinely affordable housing to help meet local housing needs and more green space to be provided in the development.

The town hall has also requested that the plans should show more detail about how the businesses at Park Royal will benefit, the impact on the wider road network, the amount of retail provided, design quality and securing adequate social infrastructure such as school places.

Andy Donald, strategic director of regeneration and growth at Brent Council said: “Brent Council is fully supportive of the regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal and we are working with the Mayor to ensure that the redevelopment sets the standard for future development in London.

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“At this stage we are want to see more work undertaken with regards to the impact on existing Park Royal and Harlesden communities as well as more detail on design and infrastructure provision.”

Related link: Local Government Minister approves Old Oak Common and Park Royal regeneration plans

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