95 per cent support for stadium at Old Oak

95 per cent of respondents to the Greater London Authority's consultation said they would like to see a QPR stadium at Old Oak, in a boost to the club's plans to secure our future in West London. 3,336 out of 3,517 respondents were positive about the potential relocation and saw it as beneficial for Old Oak and the regeneration plans for the area.

The consultation was conducted in March and April this year as part of the London Mayor's plan to regenerate Old Oak Common and the responses were noted at a meeting of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation in City Hall.

The draft planning framework, published in February 2015, suggested a large-scale catalyst, such as a football stadium, could be used to unlock the early regeneration of Old Oak. QPR have unveiled plans for a multifunctional stadium that will be used all year round - a sports and entertainment hub, bringing jobs and opportunities to the area, with community and educational facilities for people locally.

QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes said:

"We would like to thank all those who responded to the GLA's consultation.

"The decision about what is built at Old Oak will be for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), who recognise that a development of this scale needs to be more than just another housing estate, it needs to have a beating heart. A multifunctional stadium that will be used all year round - a sports and entertainment hub, with restaurants, shops and bars - could be the early major catalyst for the regeneration that Old Oak is looking for. It would bring jobs and opportunities to the area, with sporting, community and educational facilities to benefit people locally.

"We look forward to working with the OPDC, the boroughs and local residents over the next few months to make Old Oak into a place where people live, work and play."

QPR would also like to thank two of the successful parliamentary candidates who signed a pledge in the general election to secure the club's future in West London. In Hammersmith, sitting MP Andy Slaughter increased his majority and, in Ealing Central and Acton, Rupa Huq defeated her Conservative opponent to take her place in the Commons. Both constituencies are home to significant numbers of QPR supporters.

The OPDC will publish a revised version of its planning framework later this year, and a consultation on a draft Local Plan for the area is expected to begin before Christmas.

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QPR HANDED SIGNIFICANT BOOST TO NEW STADIUM PLANS

QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes welcomes latest boost to new stadium plans, as club launches Old Oak regeneration campaign video

QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes has welcomed the comments by Sir Edward Lister that Old Oak regeneration should be stadium-led – ‘we would like to see one (a stadium)’ – in a significant boost to the club’s hopes of building a new stadium near Loftus Road.

Old Oak Common has been identified as an area where the club’s new home can be housed, and Fernandes confirmed work continues on what would be a multi-billion pound regeneration project, which will deliver much more than just a stadium, also providing thousands of homes, creating tens of thousands of jobs and providing community facilities.

Today the club launch a new film that shows how new stadia such as the Olympic Park and the Emirates Stadium can deliver regeneration – and why the same can happen at Old Oak if QPR move there.

“This is another important boost to our plans, and to the overall plan of regenerating Old Oak – London’s forgotten quarter,” Fernandes told www.qpr.co.uk.

“I spent last Tuesday at various meetings and I’m more optimistic that things are falling into place.”

The club plans to transform a large area of under-used land at Old Oak into a thriving and sustainable new quarter for London – with a new stadium acting as the catalyst for new homes, businesses, schools, health facilities and jobs for local people.

QPR are working with the three local Boroughs, the Greater London Authority and local groups to ensure that community benefits are at the heart of the club’s scheme.

“We have worked hard and things are moving in the right direction,” Fernandes added.

“What I can say to our fans is that it’s a daily project with daily effort.

“We have a separate team led by Mark Donnelly (QPR’s COO) and Antony Spencer (Stadium Capital Developments), and we have the support of key decision makers, who we will continue to work closely with to make it happen.

“There is a compelling argument for how a new stadium will transform the area.

“I am confident we will find a way to work with the major landowners there, so I remain optimistic that we will find a way to deliver this dream.”

Transforming Old Oak

Old Oak is set to change dramatically over the coming years.

Last year the Mayor and the local councils started consultation on plans for new transport connections, economic development, jobs and homes as well as a new stadium.

Now Queens Park Rangers Football Club has assembled a world class design team to prepare plans to regenerate the area and re-locate to Old Oak.

We are creating a new destination which we intend to call New Queens Park. It will serve as a catalyst for regeneration, creating new jobs and homes.

A THRIVING AND SUSTAINABLE NEW QUARTER FOR LONDON

For as long as anyone can remember, Old Oak has been a place you go around: a large patch of unsightly and under-used land.

We think it could be so much more.

BENEFITS
  • Modern stadiums are used for more than just football - shops, conferences and community events
  • A place for all to enjoy shops, restaurants and leisure facilities
  • Relocating existing businesses and providing space for new ones
  • More local jobs and apprenticeships
  • Good connections, helping improve local transport and roads for everyone
  • New homes
  • Environmental improvements
  • Delivered by a local club with deep roots in the community
QPR in the Community

Since its inception in 1994, the QPR in the Community Trust has reached over half a million children across the Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Brent, Hillingdon, Westminster, Ealing and Camden.

We work with:

  • The NHS on campaigns to stop smoking, raise alcohol awareness and increase physical activity for older residents
  • Local schools to help improve reading and IT skills, including having a dedicated classroom at Loftus Road
  • The Prince's Trust to help young unemployed people back to work
  • The Kiyan Prince Foundation to help tackle knife and gun crime
OUR TEAM

QPR is working with Stadium Capital Developments (SCD), the company behind the regeneration of the Emirates Stadium which delivered 3,500 new homes and hundreds of new jobs in innovative workspace in Islington. Together, we have appointed a professional team of world class architects and property advisors, including:

Stadium Capital Developments

Development Partner

Farrells

Masterplanners

Populous

Stadium Architects

CZWG

Concept Architects

EC Harris

Project and Development Managers

Savills

Planning and Development Advisors

Anthony Green & Spencer

Land Agents

NEW QUEENS PARK YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Q: Why does QPR need a new stadium?

QPR’s current stadium at Loftus Road – at 18,000 capacity – is the smallest stadium in the Premier League and one of the smallest of any major club. The club has ambitions to be an established Premier League club, and it needs a stadium that reflects those ambitions. Loftus Road cannot be expanded because there isn’t enough space, so we need to look elsewhere.

Q: Why Old Oak?

QPR has been in the area for over 100 years and even though it has moved several times during that period, it has always been in this part of West London. We want to remain here and close to our fans, and Old Oak is the only land nearby big enough to build a new stadium. Old Oak is the next natural move for the club, bringing it closer to its original home of Queen’s Park.

Q: How big will the stadium be?

The stadium will have 40,000 seats.

Q: Will the stadium host just football?

No, the stadium will be multi-purpose, hosting not just football, but corporate and community events.

Q: Why move now?

The Club needs to move to a new stadium as soon as possible to secure its long term future. The opportunity for the stadium to provide a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Old Oak provides a compelling logic.

Q: How will the community benefit?

Our plans will bring new homes, jobs, community facilities, improved transport connections and a better environment for everyone to enjoy.

Q: What will happen to the existing stadium at Loftus Road?

Once the new stadium is built and open, we will look to redevelop Loftus Road for other uses. Any plans would be worked up in consultation with the local community.