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Mayor announces plans to appoint Liz Peace CBE as Chair of OPDC

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced his intention to appoint Liz Peace CBE as the new Chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation – tasking her with spearheading the delivery of tens of thousands of new homes and jobs at the West London site.

Liz Peace has more than 35 years’ experience in government and the property sector. She was Chief Executive of the British Property Federation and has also been Honorary President of the Property Litigation Association, Chair of the Centre for London think tank and Chair of the Shadow Government Property Agency. Her appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing before the London Assembly.

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£1.5million investment announced for Great Place Scheme

Old Oak and Park Royal has been chosen as one of 16 ‘Great Places’.

Old Oak and Park Royal has been awarded a grant of £1,489,255 from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place Scheme to ensure that art, culture and heritage are at the heart of the major developments planned for the area.

The money will support Made in Park Royal, an ambitious and community-focused project from Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). 

Plans for the three-year project include working directly with a pool of 2,000 local volunteers, an engagement programme designed to reach all school children in the area, and community-led research into local heritage.

Read the full press release and more about the wider project.

Recruitment of Old Oak and Park Royal (OPDC) Chair

Interview date: Friday 10 February 2017

Application closing date: Tuesday 17 January 2017

Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the most important regeneration projects in London. The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) was established to secure the maximum benefits from the newly planned transport interchanges of High Speed 2, Crossrail and London Overground stations, to deliver the much-needed homes and jobs in what will be one of the largest regeneration projects London has seen for decades. 

The OPDC Board is responsible for promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak and Park Royal, through high-quality sustainable development and investment for the benefit of the area and the communities that surround it. It will plan for significant future growth at Old Oak; and for the protection and regeneration of the industrial areas of Park Royal.

Following a review of the OPDC, which reported in Autumn 2016, the Mayor of London is now looking to appoint a new Chair to ensure that the Development Corporation delivers the best deal for Londoners.

Find out more and apply.

Sadiq Khan: London gender-pay gap is 'unacceptable'

Sadiq Khan today hit out at the 'unacceptable' pay gap between men and women as he published full gender pay details of all organisations in the Greater London Authority (GLA) family – including Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.

Earlier this year, the Mayor honoured a manifesto pledge by publishing gender pay data for all staff at City Hall and today he reiterated his call to all employers to close the pay gap for women after widening publication to include the GLA's 'functional bodies'. 

The Mayor said: "Clearly we all need to do much more to put our own houses in order. I am determined to lead by example." He is asking all GLA group organisations to publish action plans to address the pay gap.

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Mayor reveals ‘mess’ left at Old Oak Common in review findings

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today revealed that the plans to regenerate Old Oak in West London were left in ‘a mess’ by his predecessor as he announced the findings of his review of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

Sadiq Khan today gave his full backing for the regeneration of Old Oak, but called on Government to reduce the financial burden that the plans will place on Londoners.

The Mayor criticised his predecessor, Boris Johnson, for 'rushing headlong' into an agreement with Government to transfer land at Old Oak that was made on unfavourable terms compared to other major regeneration schemes in the country.

A new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026. OPDC was established in April 2015 to oversee development for the wider area and has full planning powers within its 650 hectare boundary that includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent.

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Review of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the second Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), was launched on 1 April 2015 to secure the benefits of the regeneration and development of Old Oak and Park Royal.
In late June the Mayor of London commissioned1 the Greater London Authority (GLA) to undertake a review of the strategic direction and work programme of the OPDC. This was in the context of the Mayor recognising the importance of the regeneration project to London, but also his concern to ensure the fundamentals were in place to get the best deal for Londoners and create a thriving new area of London. In particular, the Mayor wished to understand the implications of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed between the OPDC and the Secretary of State for Transport for the transfer of Government-owned land at Old Oak Common.

The document reports the high-level findings and key recommendations arising from the review.

Read the full report.

Mayor of London boosts number of affordable homes at Old Oak

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has approved plans for the first major housing development at the Old Oak regeneration site in West London, after intervening to boost the number of affordable homes in the scheme.

The Oaklands development will see 605 new homes built, together with a nursery, health centre and commercial space. A target of 50 per cent affordable housing has been agreed for the development, following an intervention by the Mayor to boost the number of affordable homes through investment and a profit-sharing mechanism.

Old Oak and Park Royal has the potential to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 jobs over the next 30 to 40 years, as well as becoming the key transport interchange for Crossrail and HS2.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The development marks a significant step in realising the huge potential of this part of the capital".

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Mayor welcomes a Budget with big wins for London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed big wins for the capital announced in the Chancellor's budget today (16 March 2016), including:

  • plans for funding the development of Crossrail 2

  • devolution of business rates

  • land transfer at Old Oak Common to drive the growth of the 'Stratford of the West'

  • an increased focus on addressing rough sleeping, building on the success of the No Second Night Out initiative.

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Have your say on plans to transform Old Oak and Park Royal

Londoners can now have their say on plans to create a brand new part of the capital at Old Oak and Park Royal.

Old Oak is set to become home to a world-class High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026. It will be one of the largest new stations built in the UK, handling 250,000 passengers a day.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson believes this could act as a springboard to deliver 25,500 new homes and up to 65,000 jobs at both Old Oak and the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.

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New initiative launched to protect and strengthen Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is today launching a new initiative that aims to strengthen London’s largest industrial estate and support its future competitiveness.

Park Royal in West London is home to 2,000 businesses and employs more than 30,000 people. It is home to successful UK brands including Carphone Warehouse and Diageo as well as hundreds of small independent businesses which play a vital role in supporting London’s economy.

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Mayor greenlights planning strategy for Old Oak and Park Royal

A planning framework which will deliver more than 25,500 new homes and create up to 65,000 jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal has been approved and adopted by the Mayor of London.

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New technology to be embraced at Old Oak and Park Royal

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has teamed up with an organisation that promotes technological innovation to ensure that all future development at the UK’s largest regeneration site embrace the latest high-tech innovations.

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Mayor urges more apprentices to take on careers in construction

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today urged more young people to choose a career in construction, as he joined forces with Lloyds Banking Group to launch the £1 million Construction Skills fund to help provide London homebuilders with the improved training they say the industry needs.

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Design Council Cabe appointed to key Old Oak and Park Royal role

The OPDC has appointed Design Council Cabe to a key new role that will aim to ensure all new developments on the largest regeneration site in London meet the very highest of design standards.

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Rail Magazine - 4 February 2015, 'Common Ground'

With an IEP depot, a Crossrail depot, a planned HS2 station and London Overground stations, Old Oak Common could soon be the most important rail centre in London.

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Follow-up to ‘Rail Infrastructure & Sustainable Cities' breakfast

Railway infrastructure and stations are increasingly recognised as a catalyst for development and enhanced community facilities; you need look no further than the planning for Nine Elms and Barking Riverside as examples of this in the capital.

However there are challenges around how the next wave of investment will be spent in order to best utilise rail as a driver of regeneration.

Victoria drew proceedings together by emphasising the Capital’s need for regeneration like at Old Oak Common which has the X factor of being the only interchange between Crossrail and HS2.  She drew attention to the fact that government’s top problem used to be transport, now it’s housing, as reflected in the mayoral candidates proposals.

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Victoria Hills named Chief Executive Officer at OPDC

Victoria Hills has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

Old Oak Common in West London is one of the largest regeneration opportunities in Europe, with a High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station due to be constructed by 2026.

The OPDC was launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in April to maximise the regeneration potential of the new stations and deliver up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.

Victoria Hills is a chartered planner and a former head of transport at the Greater London Authority. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the OPDC, first as Director and then, since April as Interim Chief Executive.

In her new role, she will deliver the Mayor’s vision for regeneration in the area which has the potential to deliver a £15bn boost to London’s economy over the next 15 years.   

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Old Oak Common can be as important to West London as the Olympics have been for East London, driving social and economic regeneration on an almost unparalleled scale. I am delighted to be able to appoint someone of the calibre and experience of Victoria Hills to drive forward this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

Victoria Hills said: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to secure the best possible outcomes from the significant transport investment that Old Oak and Park Royal will benefit from. This is a career defining opportunity for me to deploy my transport and planning expertise to showcase the very best London can offer in exemplar place making.”

The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world. The Corporation will act as a single, transparent and robust body to spearhead the regeneration of the site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

The OPDC will look to emulate the success of the London Legacy Development Corporation that continues to lead the post-Olympic regeneration of Stratford and East London. The Mayor’s Office believes that the regeneration opportunity could provide almost 14 per cent of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031. 

It has the support of Government and full planning powers across the entire site straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration at Old Oak Common, the Corporation will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC is chaired by Deputy Mayor for Planning Sir Edward Lister and has various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions.