OPDC: activities, updates and blogs

OPDC's partnership work in response to COVID-19: London Funders

OPDC's Senior Engagement Officer, Anna
OPDC has teamed up with London Funders, a cross-sector membership network for funders and investor, who are providing coordinated funding to support groups helping communities across London who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Senior Engagement Officer, Anna, is assisting London Funders as an Emergency Fund Application Assessor.

Read more about this partnership.

Willesden Junction Station public realm drop-in consultation event

Willesden Junction Station public realm
In November 2019, we held a drop-in consultation event in Harlesden to share proposed public realm enhancements for Willesden Junction Station and get feedback on the design ideas.

Find out more about the drop-in event and how you can take part in the consultation.

Exploring Old Oak and Park Royal with Open House London 2019

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We were thrilled to be involved in Open House for the second time, in Old Oak and Park Royal.

Find out what happened over the weekend. 

Talking planning enforcement with the OPDC experts 


Community Conversations are open to everyone to discuss topics of interest raised by the community. This time the subject was Planning Enforcement. Acting Head of Development Management, Ben Martin and Senior Planning Officer, Laura White were there to lead the conversation.

Find out about OPDC's enforcement powers.

HS2 Old Oak Common Station Design

OPDC Winter Warmer
OPDC team members have been supporting HS2 at a series of engagement workshops to reveal and discuss the Old Oak Common station design. The launch of the station design is an exciting step forward for the project. 

 Read about the designs.

Old Oak and Park Royal Winter Warmer

OPDC Winter Warmer

Poetcurious is a local talent who specialises in exploring art, poetry, music and education - the hip-hop way. We were lucky enough to have him join us at our Winter Warmer 2018 celebration. 

Read what he had to say about it

HeadStart Internships with OPDC


Through the HeadStart internship programme, we were delighted to give two interns the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and life skills at OPDC.

Find out about their experience

Lifting the Lid on Old Oak and Park Royal with Open House London


Old Oak and Park Royal featured in Open House for the first time. We were thrilled to welcome over 450 people to the area. 

Read about what happened over the weekend.

The second revised draft Local Plan consultation 

OPDC second revised draft Local Plan

Prior to receiving Board approval, we held a pre-consultation event in May 2018 to ensure that local residents and businesses were informed and notified ahead of the formal consultation starting.

Find out about the key points that were presented.

OPDC's Virgin Pulse 100-day Global Challenge

OPDC's Virgin Pulse 100-day Global Challenge

In May, 21 members of the OPDC team have signed up for the Virgin Pulse 100-day Global Challenge. Now we are over 40 days in to the Challenge, we wanted to update you on our progress.

Read the update and see how the team are getting on.

Great Place Scheme: second brainstorming event

Great Place Scheme - second community brainstorming event
On 9 May 2018, lots of new and familiar faces made up of local residents, businesses and artists once again gathered for an evening of activities and discussions, centred around the Great Place Scheme and the initiatives for Old Oak and Park Royal. 

Find out more about the group activities and read the poem.

Great Place Scheme: Annual Arts Commission launched calling for Artists' Expressions of Interest

OPDC Great Place Scheme
On Wednesday 9 May 2018, we published an Open Call briefing for Artists' Expressions of Interest to a major new socially-engaged artist led project which uncovers, celebrates and showcases the industrial heritage of Park Royal by connecting it to the lived experience of its contemporary communities and businesses.

Find out more and read the briefing document.

Discover what history was uncovered in the March free walking tour

Park Royal station, near where the Old Guinness factory was
On 24 March, the second free walking tour, organised by OPDC was held as part of the Great Place Scheme activity.

Find out more about the walk.

Our third Community Forum

OPDC Community Forum - March 2018
Following feedback from the local community at the second Community Forum in November 2017, the Community Forum in March 2018, focussed on skills, apprenticeships and job opportunities for local people. 

Find out more about the skills, apprenticeships and job opportunities available.

The Power of Partnership Working

OPDC - attracting investment in west London through partnership

Read our guest blog from Lisa Sharp, one of our partner organisations that we worked closely with as part of our activities at MIPIM 2018, where we promoted investment and opportunities in west London, with West London Business (WLB), AECOM, Fairvew New Homes, L&Q, Kier Group, SEGRO Plc, CoStar Group and Sharp Business Insights.

Read more about MIPIM 2018.

Great Place Scheme Community Briefing and Brainstorming event

OPDC - Great places scheme: by Maisie Bowes
On 6 March 2018, local residents, businesses and artists came together to share ideas at our first Great Place Scheme event. The three-year project is an ambitious and community-focused project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Find out more about the event and how you can get involved.

Draft Local Heritage Consultation Event

OPDC - draft Heritage Listings Consultation event
On 21 February 2018, we held an event in Harlesden, just north of our boundary area, to inform the community on our draft Local Heritage Listings Consultation. The purpose of this consultation is to give the local community the opportunity to shape the Local Heritage Listings for this part of west London. The consultation closed on 22 March 2018.

Read about the event and the consultation.

Our Second Community Forum Event

OPDC Community Forum
Our second Forum event was held at the end of 2017 and enabled the OPDC team to meet with, update and chat to local residents, charities, and businesses about proposed developments, progress and activities in the Old Oak and Park Royal area. 

Read more about the Forum event.


My experience as an Apprentice at OPDC

Generations of City Hall apprentices with Sadiq Khan
Over the last few years OPDC has taken part in the Greater London Authority's Apprenticeship programme. Our most recent Apprentice, Iqra, is now almost at the end of the year with us and has shared her thoughts and experiences of the scheme and working here.

Read Iqra's blog.


Park Royal's hidden gems

Mash food market
As part of OPDC's ongoing activity and engagement with businesses in Park Royal, a number of the team went on a tour arrange by SEGRO to meet a number of the diverse and interesting businesses that are located within London's largest industrial area.

Read more about the tour.


#myOldOak and #myParkRoyal films!

Filming in Old Oak and Park Royal
 Watch the videos that celebrate and share the amazing people, history, place and future of Old Oak and Park Royal.

Watch the videos.

Construction work to deliver 605 new homes for London begins

James Murray starting the building work on London’s largest regeneration scheme in Old Oak and Park Royal with OPDC
On Friday 29 September, a number of local residents, stakeholders and apprentices already working on the scheme gathered on site, at the top of Old Oak Common Lane, to mark this significant moment for the UK’s largest regeneration project.

Read more about the 'breaking ground' day.

Old Oak Common Open Day and Elizabeth Line Depot tour

Old Oak Common Open Day
On Saturday 2 September, OPDC staff and the sunshine were all out in force at the Old Oak Common train depot. It was a really busy day and brilliant opportunity to talk to lots of people about the future of Old Oak and Park Royal. Not to mention going on a tour of the Elizabeth Line Depot.

Read all about the day.

Revised draft Local Plan consultation snapshot

OPDC revised draft Local Plan consultation
We've collated a number of the questions and issues raised during the 10-week consultation for the revised draft Local Plan for Old Oak and Park Royal in July - September 2017.

Read the snapshot of questions, issues and responses.



Revised draft Local Plan consultation poem

OPDC revised draft Local Plan consultation poem
Throughout July 2017, we held a number of drop in events and presentations as part of the revised draft Local Plan consultation and a colleague wrote a poem that we thought would be fun to share.

Read the poem.


Grayling report: the State of Engagement

State of Engagement report

In July 2017, PR firm Grayling, published a report on the State of Engagement.

Read more about the report.


Fun community day for all the family

OPDC - Community engagement - copyright Sara Henry
We held our first community event in May, which was a 'Tea Dance' and enabled over 80 local residents to come together to dance, drink tea and much more.

Read more about the tea dance.




Neighbourhood Planning Q&A

OPDC - planning framework
In May 2017, OPDC planning officers held an event for local communities, businesses and other interested parties to find out more about the process and details of Neighbourhood Planning. This presentation also features the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum application.

Find out more about Neighbourhood Planning and and view the presentation.



What is Regulation 19? OPDC's draft Local Plan, pre-consultation event


OPDC - Draft Local Plan cover
As the OPDC draft Local Plan moves in to the next phase of planning legislation, we explained what this stage involves at an event in April 2017.

Find out more about Regulation 19 and view the presentation.




Listening to our local community and building a vision together

Victoria Hills speaking at an OPDC Community event
OPDC began its Community Forum series in January 2017 with two meetings: one for voluntary organisations and charities and the second for local residents.

Find out more about the Forum and view the presentation.



An update on London's largest regeneration project

OPDC - draft local plan meeting
In November 2016 we held an event inviting the local community to hear about the Local Plan as the project progresses.

Read about the evening and view the presentation slides.



Creating a shared vision for Old Oak and Park Royal

OPDC - Old Oak, core development area, proposed aerial CGI
Establishing a shared vision is crucial to delivering 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs in west London. In September 2016 we hosted our first Planning Seminar with landowners, developers, consultants, the three surrounding Boroughs and other key delivery partners.

Read about the event in more detail.




'Through the keyhole' with businesses in Park Royal

OPDC meets businesses in Park Royal Industrial area
In September 2016, Victoria Hills, CEO of OPDC, and a number of OPDC staff toured a number of businesses in Park Royal. 

Read the report from the visit.

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