9,000 New Homes Planned For Old Oak Common

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 34 months ago
9,000 New Homes Planned For Old Oak Common


Old Oak Common is one of the parts of London earmarked for huge change: it's one of the Mayor's opportunity areas, with plans for 24,000 new homes, and a future Crossrail/HS2 interchange station. One of the first steps towards its transformation has just been announced, with 9,000 new homes plus office space and public squares on the Cargiant site near Willesden Junction.

9,000 new homes obviously means a complete overhaul, and the developers promise new schools, health facilities, play areas, restaurants and bars. Transport for London is already working on plans to create two new Overground stations at Old Oak Common Lane and Hythe Road. What's perhaps most exciting is what it means for this stretch of the Grand Union Canal: at the moment it's industrial and unlovely (mainly because of Cargiant, it must be said), but if these renderings turn into anything like reality it could become a rival to Little Venice.


Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of affordable housing; however, we'd be surprised if planning permission is granted without any provision at all, particularly in such a high priority area. (Though the developers could easily point to the canal regeneration as a 'public good' in lieu of some Section 106 payments.) Nothing will happen before 2021, though; Cargiant needs to find a new home and doesn't expect to move before then.

If you want to take a closer look at the proposals, there are public exhibitions taking place at four sites around the area between 19 June and 4 July. See the Old Oak Park website for more details.


Last Updated 17 June 2015


This is one of the few developments that I am actually excited about. At the very least it means no displacement of people living in council estates (unlike Heygate, Woodberry Down, Earls Court...)

I do believe there will be a number of "affordables". Here's an extract from Planning Resource website:

'Geoff Springer, director at development partner London & Regional
Properties, said Old Oak Park would be a "vibrant" new community.

want to provide for every part of society – young and old, singles and
those with families, students and those in need of affordable housing,"
he said.'


Great location, but I'm not sure it'll rival Little Venice. Those grey blocks are looking pretty bland at the moment.


Unfortunately, the GLA says it needs to extract about £1.5-billion from developers at Old Oak Common, to put in the necessary infrastructure.

Will there be anything left for affordable housing?


The Cargiant exhibition shows very little extra detail than the previous one six months ago - possibly because Cargiant sacked the previous masterplanners.

The timetable is slipping - but that is no bad thing, because the GLA is producing a Local Plan, which will be examined in public next year. That is reasonably democratic, and surely a better bet than a private masterplan.