Introduction to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is developing a whole new centre and community for west London. We’re using the investment in rail infrastructure projects High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Elizabeth Line (formally known as Crossrail) to create new opportunities for people in the area.  

The Corporation was officially launched on 1 April 2015 by the Mayor of London. OPDC is the Local Planning Authority and regeneration agency for the 650 hectare site. 

Objectives of the Old Oak and Park Royal development

Old Oak and Park Royal is the only place where HS2 meets Crossrail. It’s our task to use this opportunity to create a thriving new area in the city; somewhere people will aspire to live, work and play, and a destination people will return to visit time and time again.

New towns, however, do not appear overnight. They require years of strategic planning with clear direction and governance. That’s why the Mayor launched OPDC as a Mayoral Development Corporation: to ensure the huge potential of the area is fulfilled.

It’s our mission to secure the maximum benefits for London and Londoners in the area, by achieving the following:

  • transforming one of London’s most inaccessible areas into a well-connected, world-class transport interchange
  • providing new housing and commercial development, surrounded by sustainable and thriving neighbourhoods and valued amenity space
  • protecting and improving Wormwood Scrubs

Learn about the OPDC opportunity

Watch our video to learn the Mayor's vision for developing the Old Oak and Park Royal area.

Old Oak and Park Royal location

The boundary of the OPDC was set out in the Establishment Order and it can be viewed on this OPDC boundary map.

Planning powers

The 2011 Localism Act provided the Mayor with powers to set up Mayoral Development Corporations; the OPDC is the second of its kind in London. OPDC was established by a statutory instrument - an order passed by parliament - in January 2015, and was granted planning powers through a further statutory instrument in March 2015. The OPDC also takes some of its powers from the 2016 Housing and Planning Act.

The corporation is also a local planning authority, and as such we’re responsible for preparing and maintaining a Local Plan or Development Plan. The policies in the Local Plan are the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the area. 

Other documents and plans at a local level, such as Supplementary Planning Documents, are also important documents which can be relevant in decision making.

We also are responsible for giving guidance to developers, setting the Community Infrastructure Levy and Neighbourhood planning.

OPDC set to become lead landowner

As part of the Chancellor’s 2016 Spring Budget, the Government agreed in principal to transfer 97 hectares of central Government publicly owned land to OPDC.

This means OPDC will have the full planning, development and regeneration control to drive forward the UK’s largest regeneration project since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As the largest landowner in the core development area, we will be able to coordinate the delivery of the regeneration project and as a single overarching body, we will be able to maximise the opportunities for residents in a number of key areas, including:

  • associated economic and financial benefits
  • massing
  • permeability
  • phasing of development

Governance and responsibilities

The OPDC is a functional body of the Greater London Authority, others include Transport for London and the London Fire Brigae. However, as a Mayoral Development Corporation we are directly accountable to Londoners through an independent board. More information on the OPDC Board is available, as is information about their meetings.  A management team reporting to our Chief Executive Officer is responsible for day to day management of the organisation.

The OPDC Planning Committee ensures decisions are made in an open, transparent and impartial manner. More information about the membership and the meetings of the Planning Committee are available.

Our partners

We work closely with a number of organisations, including:

  • Mayor of London
  • Greater London Authority
  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • central government
  • residents in neighbouring local communities
  • local organisations, businesses, landowners, developers and regeneration agencies

We also have strong working partnerships with the host local authorities of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham who remain responsible for non-planning related services such as waste collection, education provision and highway maintenance.

As the planning authority for the area, OPDC is responsible for plan making and the determination of planning applications within its boundary, but has a Scheme of Delegation agreed with the London Boroughs of Brent and Ealing for some of these planning applications. If you would like to find out more, visit our Planning applications page.


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