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Consultation begins on QPR's Old Oak Common stadium plans

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A consultation has opened on Queen’s Park Rangers’ hugh regeneration project at Old Oak Common in west London

The scheme, which has been masterplanned by Farrells, includes a new stadium, housing, and space for businesses near to the proposed Crossrail/HS2 interchange.

Populous has drawn up plans for the Premier League club’s new 40,000-seat stadium which is set to be the centrepiece of the ‘New Queens Park’ regeneration project.

Also part of the design team is CZWG Architects which has been signed up to ‘advise on architecture’ and also to convert QPR’s existing ground at Loftus Road in west London.

Farrells had previously worked up a masterplan that included 13,000-home and new transport hub for the area but the newly revealed plans featuring the stadium boasts 24,000 homes. The practice was recently chosen by Transport for London to develop three options for a London Overground station on the site.

The club is working with a number of partners including Stadium Capital Developments - who delivered the Emirates Stadium - on the new scheme and has entered into exclusive arrangements with landowners and Network Rail who control parts of Old Oak.

The area has previously been identified by the Mayor of London as one of five opportunity areas across London which could deliver around 35,000 new homes.

In June, the Mayor of London published details of a vision document to create a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to handle the redevelopment of the area, which straddles the borders of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, and Ealing Councils.

The development corporation is set to be created in April 2015 and if it goes ahead would have planning powers over Old Oak Common as well as the ability to acquire land for the regeneration scheme.

But Johnson’s plans have been fiercely resisted by Hammersmith and Fulham Council which branded the scheme an ‘anti-democratic land-grab’.

Speaking about the new proposal QPR chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: ‘We are looking to deliver much more than just a stadium. We want to create a new destination that we propose to call ‘New Queens Park’. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.

‘It will be a major transport hub that will connect Old Oak to the rest of London and other major cities across the UK. Our new 40,000 seat stadium will become a focal point hosting not just football, but other entertainment and community activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Local residents have been invited to visit the plans and the club have launched a website detailing information on the project. The consultation closes on October 17.

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