FOOTBALL club QPR has revealed it has its sights on a new 40,000-seat stadium in early plans to transform Old Oak Common.
The Championship side is keen to leave its 18,439 capacity home in Loftus Road, White City, where the club has been based for nearly a century.
A spokesman for the club revealed it has been in talks with the Hammersmith and Fulham Council and the Greater London Authority leading the regeneration plans.
Provisional plans (pictured) have been drawn up to transform the mostly derelict site south of Wormwood Scrubs around the proposed HS2 rail hub station which could open in 2026.
The 30-year vision includes a new sports stadium within a complex of 19,000 new homes, new schools, shops and leisure facilities which could generate up to 90,000 jobs.
The borough’s other top football clubs have also been approached about the possible site. However, Fulham FC is already set to expand its Craven Cottage stadium to 30,000 seats and Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground already has capacity for 41,837 fans.
Council leader Nicholas Botterill said: “We’ve had talks with all three of our football clubs about their expansion ambitions and are aware of QPR’s interest in moving to a larger stadium.
“We support all of our football clubs where we can and are currently consulting residents on whether a sports stadium could be acceptable as part of the plans to create thousands of new jobs and homes around the new HS2 hub station in Old Oak Common.”
A QPR spokesman said: “We are looking at a number of potential options for a new stadium and believe that Old Oak could provide one possible solution.
“We have met with representatives of the GLA and the supporting local authorities to discuss whether a football stadium could be incorporated into any plan that comes forward for this site.”
The ideas in the new Vision for Old Oak, also being supported by Ealing and Brent councils, are one possible outcome and if adopted will feed into a future Opportunity Area Planning Framework. A public consultation closes on Friday, September 6. Visit www.london.gov.uk/oldoak.