Queens Park Rangers has been accused of misleading its fans with inaccurate statements over the future building of a new stadium.
Cargiant, which owns land that the Championship side want to build its new ground on, has published a letter criticising the actions of the club.
It says it wants to put the record straight over the proposals so supporters are aware of the actual situation.
The decision taken this month to publish a letter, which was written in March to fans by Cargiant managing director Tony Mendes and Geoff Springer from development partner London & Regional Properties (L&R), was taken after QPR was given the go-ahead to build 605 new homes on the nearby Oaklands site with Genesis Housing Trust.
The permission, granted by Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) which is in charge of planning issues for the massive project, led to speculation that a deal with Cargiant for the new stadium would be on the cards.
But the letter, originally written to those who attended a QPR’s Supporters Consultation Committee and Fan Sites meeting on March 2 states this is not the case.
Cargiant plans to regenerate its Old Oak Park site, creating 6,500 new homes and 8,000 jobs . It is part of the larger Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area, which stretches into Ealing and Brent and will deliver a total of 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs.
'Misleading and inaccurate statements'
In its letter to QPR fans, Cargiant and L&R state their plans for the 46-acre site, before writing: “We were therefore extremely annoyed to note the statements made by QPR at the meeting on the 2 March 2016 that a new QPR stadium on Cargiant land is ‘the only viable option on the table’ and that a ‘stadium could sit side by side with the Cargiant development’.
“We feel such misleading and inaccurate statements should be corrected so that you are aware of the actual position.
“I can confirm that neither Cargiant, nor our development partner London & Regional Properties, are in any discussions with QPR and that we will not enter into any such discussions or agreements with the Club in any way, shape or form.
"In short, we will never agree to a stadium on any part of our land under any circumstances and we have made that position crystal clear to the Club, the GLA and the OPDC on numerous occasions.”
'Under no circumstances will we consent to a stadium on our land'
It continues: “The statements of QPR implying that a stadium could be built on Cargiant land are at best confusing and at worse misleading. Under no circumstances will we consent to a stadium on our land. Any further work by the Club in this direction is futile.”
After receiving the go-ahead for the Oaklands site, QPR co-chairman Tony Fernandes said: “This is the start of long term strategic investment for QPR at Old Oak and demonstrates our commitment to the area.
“Whilst our primary interest is securing the future of the club through the construction of a new stadium, we will only be able to deliver this by taking equity interests in wider regeneration projects such as Oaklands.
“We are continuing to talk to the OPDC about our vision for a new stadium which will have sporting, educational and community facilities that will be used all year round.”
QPR is also facing opposition to plans to build a training facility in Warren Farm in Southall . Protesters spelt out their feelings when they wrote #OurLand in chalk on the site (see video below).