QPR's Old Oak Common plans scuppered by landowner
Cargiant teams up with developer London & Regional Properties for vast brownfield site
Queens Park Rangers' plans to build a new stadium in Old Oak Common have suffered a major blow after landowner Cargiant announced a collaboration with developer London & Regional Properties to draw up rival plans for the west London site.
The firm, which has previously been a sponsor for QPR FC, refused to enter into an agreement with the club on their own plans earlier this year. It was stated at the time that the firm was 'refusing to enter into any future talks with the club'.
The west London-based vehicle warehouse owns 47 acres of land in the area and had previously ruled out working with the football club and said it would fight any plans by the football club to gain a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the land.
QPR unveiled plans in September for a massive regeneration scheme which included 24,000 homes and a 40,000 seat stadium across the brownfield site.
QPR has appointed architects Farrells, Populus and CZWG to work up designs for the scheme. Consultant EC Harris is also working on the project. The area has been singled out by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson as a area ripe for regeneration due to the Crossrail interchange that is being built there.
A public consultation found that 90%of people would be favourable to QPR's plans for the area.
In June the Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced plans to draw up a Mayoral Development Commission similar to the vehicle which is delivering housing on the former Olympic Park to push through development work.
The new HS2 and Crossrail Station is due to be built at Old Oak by 2026.
A spokesman for QPR said:
The future regeneration of Old Oak requires everyone one to work together for the common good - the boroughs, the Mayor, landowners and the local community.
"Our consultation attracted the views of almost 3,000 local residents with almost 90% in support of our stadium-led regeneration.
"The future of Old Oak lies in the regeneration of the entire area and not the uncoordinated and piecemeal development of individual land holdings.