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22/02/2013
HS2 Ltd Land Grabbing and/or Profiteering?


HS2 halts Guinness Brewery redevelopment

Developer SEGRO has put its plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Guinness Brewery site in north west London's Park Royal on hold following a High Speed 2 safeguarding order on the land.22 Feb 2013

SEGRO submitted speculative plans for phase 1 of the development of the 24 acre site to the London Borough of Brent in November last year. Phase 1 includes proposals for three speculative industrial or warehouse units of 36,000 square feet, 53,000 sq ft and 69,000 sq ft respectively.

The Council resolved to grant permission to the plans last month and SEGRO said it had been hoping to start work on the site in March and to complete the first phase in the autumn.

According to a Property Week report, the Government has placed a safeguarding order on the land and SEGRO has put its plans for the scheme on hold.

HS2 Ltd had objected to the application on the basis that it had identified the site as a potential safeguarded area and that the development might prejudice the use of the site as a potential works site for the construction of the proposed HS2 rail link.

The Government consulted on its proposed safeguarding directions to be issued to protect the HS2 phase one route between London and the West Midlands between October and January.

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