The £1bn plan to develop
the area around the upcoming Old Oak Common HS2 station with thousands of new
homes looks likely to be reduced in size.
A planning inspector has
ruled that part of the site which is currently occupied by car dealership Car
Giant should be removed from scheme. This would mean that around 6,000 fewer
homes, out of a total of around 20,000, could be built. The Old Oak and Park
Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and Cargiant have been in dispute for some
time about how their part of the Old Oak Common site should be redeveloped.
In his report inspector
Paul Clark said: “Cargiant is a highly successful and profitable business with
prospects for growth. Its extinction simply does not make sense in
planning terms, nor does its relocation at an expense which would preclude the
likelihood of paying for any contribution to necessary infrastructure or
The Old Oak Common redevelopment, based around a new HS2 interchange, has been put forward as one of the great flagship schemes within the whole HS2 programme and which would completely transform this part of London. However this decision, on top of the upcoming review of the whole HS2 scheme, casts doubts on whether Old Oak Common will happen at all.