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Community Review Group for Old Oak & Park Royal

The Community Review Group is an exciting new local initiative for people living, working, studying and playing in and around Old Oak and Park Royal. In accordance with OPDC’s Statement of Community  Involvement, it is vital that the local community is involved in helping to design, build and create a great place for future generations. We can only do this with the advice of local experts, people who live, work and study in the neighbourhood and have a wealth of knowledge, history and insights to share.  In creating a vibrant new area of north west London, we need and want to hear what you have to say.

- Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of OPDC

What is the Community Review Group?

The Community Review Group is part of OPDC’s plan to ensure that new developments are of the highest possible quality, whilst also empowering local people to have their say about the urban design process, including housing, transport, public spaces and environment. This will help to ensure that new development serves the needs of people living and working in the area, both now and in the future.

The group meets to discuss development proposals and to give its views. These discussions are turned into a formal report and feed into decisions made by OPDC and the OPDC Planning Committee. The group’s recommendations are taken seriously and planning applicants are expected to respond to each one.

Who is in the group?

The group has 12 members, who have been appointed through an application and interview process. They all live locally, and members include people of different ages and backgrounds, reflecting the diverse make up of the Old Oak and Park Royal community.

The group is chaired by Tony Burton, an independent community engagement consultant.

What advice does the group offer?

The members of the group have a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge about their neighbourhood:

  • bring a strong understanding of the local area, the way it works, its history and its residents
  • provide positive advice from a community perspective on proposals for development and change
  • reflect the needs of existing and new residential and business communities

Members contribute as individuals and not as representatives of an organisation. They review development proposals for the area, providing advice based on their knowledge of how their neighbourhoods work for people that live, work and visit.

How often does the group meet?

The group meets once a month on a Monday evening. It is expected to carry out 6 review meetings in its first year. The programme also includes an induction meeting, and development sessions to which group members also invite OPDC officers, architects or other professionals from the OPDC’s Place Review Group to talk to the group about issues that are important to their role.

How is the group managed?

The group is managed on OPDC's behalf by Frame Projects, an established company that manages design review groups in London and the south east. They are responsible for recruiting Community Review Group members, arranging meetings and producing reports. Their job is to make sure the group is independent, properly briefed and can communicate what it thinks to OPDC effectively.

Further information

The Group Handbook explains in detail how it operates.