Plans for QPR to build new homes in Harlesden are approved

How Oaklands, a £175 million mixed-use regeneration project, will look

How Oaklands, a £175 million mixed-use regeneration project, will look - Credit: Archant

Genesis Housing Association (GHA) and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) have been given the green light to build homes on unused land around the Harlesden area.

Artist sketch of the new city (Pic: Old Oak Park)

Artist sketch of the new city (Pic: Old Oak Park) - Credit: Archant

The Championship football club will team up with the housing group to build the homes on the Oaklands site, which is situated next close to land earmarked for a multi-billion regeneration project.

Under the 30-year long plans for the Old Oak Common project, a new city will be built which includes 7,000 homes, 50 new building, the creation of more than 8,000 jobs and a new train station where High Speed 2 meets Crossrail, which will see super-fast links in and out of the area.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), which is managing city project, approved the proposals by QPR and GHA last night.

QPR and GHA, who own the Oaklands site, will build 605 homes, of which 40 per cent will be affordable, and a new neighbourhood which aims to attract companies who will offer hundreds of new jobs.

The Oaklands neighbourhood will cost £175miliion.

This is the first major planning application to be given the green light by OPDC.

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Neil Hadden, chief executive at GHA, said: “We are committed to the future regeneration of Old Oak and partnerships such as the one we have with QPR will enable us to invest, not only in building new homes, but in developing new communities.”

Tony Fernandes, co-chairman of QPR, added: “This is the start of long term strategic investment for QPR at Old Oak and demonstrates our commitment to the area. Whilst our primary interest is securing the future of the club through the construction of a new stadium, we will only be able to deliver this by taking equity interests in wider regeneration projects such as Oaklands.

“We are continuing to talk to the OPDC about our vision for a new stadium which will have sporting, educational and community facilities that will be used all year round.”

The scheme will now go to the Mayor of London, Saddiq Khan, for final review.

Last month Mr Khan announced he was to review the plans for the new city to ensure it will include enough affordable housing.

He will also scrutinise terms that allows OPDC to take ownership from government of public land surrounding the proposed new station.

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