The inaugural meeting of the Board will be held on Wednesday 1 April 2015, at 2.00pm in Committee Room 5, City Hall, London SE1 2AA. For more information, please click here.
Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework
The Mayor is currently consulting on a draft planning framework, which will provide planning guidance for the future Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation area. To find out more, follow the below link:
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)
On 30 December 2014 the Mayor designated a Mayoral development area at Old Oak Common, to put in place a new Development Corporation. This will take the leading role in planning for development and regeneration in the area, to deliver 24,000 homes and 55,000 jobs.
On 27 January 2015 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed that he supports the plans by laying an ‘establishment order’ before Parliament to create the new body, the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Once the Order clears Parliament, the OPDC is expected to come into existence with full planning powers over the entire site on 1 April 2015.
On Tuesday March 10th 2015, it was announced that Boris Johnson would chair the board of the new Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), with Sir Edward Lister appointed Vice Chair.
Mayoral development area
Key documents in designating the Mayoral development area are linked below:
- MD1421 – the Mayor's decision to designate the Old Oak and Park Royal Mayoral development area and Corporation
- The Mayor’s notification to the Secretary of State of his designation
- The OPDC designation instrument and map
- Link to the Order laid in Parliament on 27 January
OPDC and the Old Oak opportunity area
With a new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station the size of Waterloo, the Old Oak opportunity area is the key development zone within the OPDC. The Further Alterations to the London Plan (2014) identifies it as having the potential to accommodate 24,000 homes and 55,000 jobs. It is a 950 hectare site that straddles the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing and encompasses the Park Royal Industrial Estate, Stonebridge Park, Park Royal Cemetery (Acton Cemetery), North Acton Underground Station, Willesden Junction underground and overground stations and Wormwood Scrubs Common. The OPDC will act as a single, transparent and robust body to spearhead the regeneration of this area.
As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration, the OPDC will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas. Wormwood Scrubs will continue to be protected by its designation as Metropolitan Open Land and the 1879 Wormwood Scrubs Act. New additional public open spaces are proposed north of Wormwood Scrubs to contribute to meeting the needs and requirements for forthcoming development.
The OPDC will work closely with the three boroughs and all existing businesses across Old Oak Common and Park Royal to protect the businesses and jobs that are so integral to the London economy and the local community. It will also plan for regeneration at Old Oak Common in a way that is sustainable, responds to local needs and supports the strategic long-term priorities in the Mayor’s London Plan and Old Oak Vision Plan. It will also safeguard and regenerate Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area.
In addition it will secure exemplar sustainable development and investment for the benefit of the area and the communities that surround it. It will also promote world class architecture, sustainable place making and urban design to deliver a new high quality new part of London.
For any questions regarding the Mayoral development area or the OPDC, please email OldOakMDC@london.gov.uk.
Previous consultations - proposed Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation
There were over 600 responses to the Mayor's consultation, in summer 2013, on his vision to regenerate Old Oak.
Between 18 June and 24 September 2014 the Mayor consulted on the principle of taking the leading role in planning for the development and regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal by putting in place a new Mayoral Development Corporation. Following comments received during the initial consultation, the Mayor proposed two amendments to the boundary of the proposed Mayoral development area and a supplementary consultation was carried out from 5 to 26 November 2014 on these changes. Below is a statement produced by the Mayor which provides a breakdown of the comments received during both consultation periods alongside the Mayor’s response.
On 17 December 2014, the London Assembly met to consider the Mayor’s proposals to designate a Mayoral development area at Old Oak and Park Royal, and did not vote to reject these proposals. In accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act, the Mayor allowed the London Assembly a 21-day consideration period which ended on 30 December 2014 during which there was no change to the Assembly’s position.