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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:14 am Reply with quote
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Taken from Harrow Times.

The UK's largest regeneration project has hit a major hurdle, after a planning report branded a large part of the scheme "unviable". The Old Oak Park Development Corporation (OPDC) wants to build 26,500 homes at the future interchange of HS2 and Crossrail in Park Royal, West London. But the Mayoral corporation is locked in a land dispute with local business Car Giant, the used car retailer is the biggest in the world, employing 800 people, and doesn't want to relocate. Now an interim planning report has said that Car Giant land currently included in draft plans for the development should be removed. The report emphasised that Car Giant is "a successful and highly profitable business" and that "its extinction simply does not make sense in planning terms". The inspector said that including the Car Giant land would make the entire plan "unsound" because the OPDC would not be able to hit its affordable housing target after paying the cost of relocating the business. Geoff Warren, owner of Car Giant, said the report underlined concerns he had bee raising publicly for months. He said "This is a complete disaster for the OPDC and vindicates everything Car Giant has been saying. "The OPDC has overseen a scandalous waste of money in the purchase of a flawed development strategy, despite us shouting from the rooftops that what they were planning could never be delivered". The OPDC could apply for an order to force Car Giant to sell us an alternative way to acquire the land. However, Mr Warren has now called on the corporation to accept the report and remove the threat of compulsory purchase from his business. But responding to Car Giant's claims, David Lunts, chief executive of the OPDC, said there were positives in the report.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:27 am Reply with quote
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He said: "Whilst these are interim findings, and the process is not finalised, we are encouraged by the inspector's intention to provide the green light for our first phase of development.

The report says that a limited portion of initial building should be possible if Car Giant and the OPDC reach an agreement.

Mr Lunt's rejected claims that Car Giant land could not be developed in the next two decades, saying "20 years is a long time". He added, OPDC's priority and commitment is delivering homes and jobs for Londoners through a scheme that serves the public interest.

No mention of QPR in their plans!!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:21 pm Reply with quote
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Car Giant made it clear from the outset that they did not want a QPR FC Stadium under any circumstances.

Such a pity really. This would have been an ideal location for the R's and if a sale had been agreed there would have been no public protest whatsoever and also full support by the council.

You just watch those local residents kick up a storm if and when we buy and propose to develop that Linford Christie Stadium site! :roll:



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:20 am Reply with quote
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Ironic given Car Giants association with the Rs.

I am convinced we will not see any stadium Young Kerrins in our lifetimes.

At least we experienced the pre-60's Loftus Road, The White City and the gradual transformation of Loftus Road in the 60's.

The main problem given the availability of suitable land in West London is our desire to stay local. If we decide not to pursue that dream we may see a stadium but I am not holding my breath. Just file it away with the Training Ground saga.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:46 pm Reply with quote
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Essex, what is this Training Ground that you speak of. Does the club know about this? :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:40 pm Reply with quote
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Yes Bill my point entirely.

The next big thing that will never happen will be refurbishment of Loftus Rd when they realise they cannot sustain new ground, new training centre etc. talk.
You read it here first! :roll:



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:54 pm Reply with quote
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Not going to happen is it Essex. Those pesky Skylarks flew away weeks ago from Warren Farm, so what's the latest excuse from the club now.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:20 am Reply with quote
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Running out of options for new stadium site in the local area.

As I see it now that Old Oak is the proverbial dead duck where can we locate nearby without upsetting hostile residents??



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:21 am Reply with quote
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Kerrins wrote:
Car Giant made it clear from the outset that they did not want a QPR FC Stadium under any circumstances. Such a pity really.


Apparently, the owner of Car Giant fell out with TF big time some years ago.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:36 pm Reply with quote
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I did not know that Steveqpr881. That explains a lot! Thanks for the info.



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