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Old Oak and Park Royal development: 'If you imagine it's the 2012 Olympics we're at the 2003 stage'

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation CEO explains the steps that need to be taken before key construction gets under way

Plans for the UK's biggest regeneration project have been under way since 2015 but with its masterplan not yet published, central development at the site is still a long way off.

The Mayor of London’s development corporation, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), is in charge of overseeing the redevelopment which promises to bring with it 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs.

It spans more than 640 hectares and stretches across the three boroughs of Brent , Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham .

On September 29 the site will have its first ground-breaking ceremony and the construction of 600 homes will begin on the development's periphery.

Speaking to getwestlondon , OPDC CEO, Victoria Hills said: “Obviously for a site this large and complicated there’s a lot of work to be done so nothing’s been published yet.

"We're working on phase one of the masterplan at the moment and I think we’ll be in a position to publish something in spring next year.

"We're still in the early stages, if you think of this project in terms of the 2012 London Olympics, then we're at the 2003 stage at the moment."

Map of Old Oak and Park Royal redevelopment(Image: OPDC)

She added: "Which is broadly when the bid went into government for approval and then there had to be a lot of master planning work to work out how much it would all cost and what needed to be built."

The site's focal point will be the planned High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) station which located north of Wormwood Scrubs and south of the Crossrail depot it is set to become a "transport super hub."

The station will house four Great West mainline platforms, four new Elizabeth line platforms and six HS2 platforms.

The Old Oak and Park Royal development(Image: OPDC)

Ms Hills said: "There is also feasibility to take on the Chilton line into Old Oak, which would mean another two platforms, making 14 in total.

"It will be a nationally significant transport hub."

The station is due to be completed in 2026 but despite key construction being years away Ms Hills remains positive about the OPDC's progress.

She said: “It’s about nine years until we move onto big builds and we're a long way off knowing what all the buildings will look like, that comes after the masterplan's been published."

The development will have a transport "super hub"

She added: "Our first major ground-breaking on September 29 is a real milestone for us and we're really pleased to get the construction of 600 homes under way at this early stage.

"The fringe sites don’t require much infrastructure so they're the easy ones to get away.

"Ground-breaking is good because it shows people that things are happening."

The Old Oak and Park Royal development: 7 things you need to know about the UK's largest project

Six steps before key construction can begin

Publication of the masterplan

Due to be published in spring 2018

Approval of the local plan

It's just gone through its second stage consultation and OPDC, as the local planning authority, need it to determine planning applications against.

CGI of Old Oak High Street

Ensure landowners submit their planning applications

Cargiant is the site's biggest landowner with nearly 20 hectares of land.

The OPDC will work closely with Cargiant, to ensure its planning application is submitted next year.

Planning

Planning for a potential 6,000 more homes will take place.

CGI of Grand Union Canal

Publication of delivery plan

The delivery plan is the business plan which sets out how the project can all be funded.

Plug funding gaps

If there are funding gaps the OPDC will need to approach and put in asks to various agencies.

This may be the government funding or private investment.

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