OPDC Planning Committee

The OPDC Board has appointed a Planning Committee to ensure that decisions on planning applications are made in an open, transparent and impartial manner.

Planning decisions are either made by the Planning Committee or Planning Officers under the Scheme of Planning Delegations.

See our separate Planning Committee meetings page for more information on decision making meetings and to find out how you can attend.

Make-up of the Planning Committee

The Planning Committee comprises of:

  • a Chairman who is also a member of the OPDC Board
  • three independent members
  • four local councillors, who have been recommended by the three boroughs whose boundaries falls within the OPDC area

Planning Committee members

William McKee - Chair (Register of Interest)

OPDC Board member

William is Chair of the OPDC Planning Committee and a member of the main Board. 

His other appointments include Chair of a property, finance and asset management company, Chair of the Mayor of London and London First’s Industry and Logistics Sounding Board and Chair of the University of Southampton Business School’s Advisory Board. 

Until earlier this year, he was Chairman of property investment and development company, Tilfen Land and a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Sub-panel of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 

In 2002, William received the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the property industry.

Gordon Adams (Register of Interest)

OPDC Board member

Gordon is the Head of Planning & Public Affairs at Battersea Power Station Development Company which oversees the delivery of the 10m sq ft regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site.  Prior to joining, Gordon was Team Leader – Major Applications at Southwark Council where he facilitated high profile developments including 1 Blackfriars and the comprehensive redevelopment of London Bridge Station.

As well as his role at Battersea Power Station and OPDC, Gordon also sits on the Nine Elms Vauxhall Strategy Board and is Chairman of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Landowners Group.

Karen Cooksley (Register of Interest)

OPDC Board member

Karen is a leading member of Winckworth Sherwood’s multi-disciplinary Private Rented Sector group. She heads the firm’s highly regarded specialist planning team, advising clients on the full spectrum of planning and environmental issues they face.

Karen has expertise in relation to mixed use developments, tall buildings, urban extensions, waterside schemes and the optimisation of consents to increase financial value for clients. She works for leading developers, private rented sector operator and management companies, national housebuilders, registered providers, local authorities and funders.

Sandra Fryer (Register of Interest)

OPDC Board member

Sandra is the Planning, Regeneration and Development Director at Sustainable Works Ltd. After many years leading regeneration in Bristol, she set up this successful business providing consultancy and interim management to the public and private sector. 

Sandra has recently led the preparation of an Economic Growth Strategy for a London Borough including an innovative business intensification study. As a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association, Sandra has worked with government and policy makers. 

Sandra is a Non–Executive Director of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. She is also a Built Environment Expert working with the Design Council to promote good design and create great places. Sandra has a deeply held commitment to positive planning for future generations.

Cllr Wesley Harcourt (LB Hammersmith & Fulham) (Register of Interest)

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Wesley has over 24 years’ experience as Councillor for College Park and Old Oak ward in Hammersmith and Fulham. He has 22 years’ experience as a member of the borough Planning Committee, serving eight years as Chair. He has an MSc in Natural Environments and Plant Growth.  
 
Wesley is now in his fifth year as Cabinet Member for The Environment, he is also Chair of Governors of his local Primary school, a trustee of Citizens Advice Hammersmith & Fulham.

Cllr Ketan Sheth (LB Brent) (Register of Interest)

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Ketan is a Councillor for Tokyngton, Wembley in the London Borough of Brent. He is Chair of the Council’s Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and a member of North West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Prior to that he chaired the Planning Committee and Licensing Committee.

He is a lawyer by profession and sits on a number of public bodies, including as a Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal for England and Lead Governor/Vice Chair of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

Cllr Peter Mason (LB Ealing) (Register of Interest)

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Peter is an elected councillor in Southall, where he is also the London Borough of Ealing’s cabinet member for housing, planning and transformation. A Local Government Association member peer, Peter’s professional background is in local government and the third sector and is currently training at the Bartlett School of Planning in urban regeneration.

Cllr Natalia Perez (LB Hammersmith & Fulham)  (Register of Interest)

Natalia was elected as Councillor for the Shepherds Bush Green Ward in Hammersmith & Fulham in 2014. She is Chair of the borough’s Licensing Committee and a member of the Planning and Development Control Committee and the Health, Adult Social Care and Social Inclusion Policy and Accountability Committee.

Key Governance Documents

Planning Committee Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference define the purpose and structure of the Planning Committee.

Standing Orders

The Standing Orders are written rules which regulate the proceedings of the OPDC function. 

Scheme of Planning Delegations

The Scheme of Planning Delegations allows the Director of Planning, or officers reporting directly to the Director of Planning, to determine a planning application on behalf of OPDC. The Scheme also allows the Director of Planning to consult with the Chair and borough representatives on the Planning Committee to decide whether a planning application should be determined under delegated powers.

OPDC Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to members of the OPDC Board, Committees or Sub-Committees. The Code sets out the standard expected of OPDC members. The Code includes a provision to adhere to the seven principles of public life (‘the Nolan Principles’).

OPDC Planning Code of Conduct

The Planning Code of Conduct exists to provide a framework for planning decision-making by the Planning Committee and the Board so that planning decisions are transparent and accountable.

GLA Group’s Corporate Governance Framework

The GLA Corporate Governance Framework is a commitment by all Functional Bodies to be open, transparent and accountable for their actions and behaviour. The implementation of the Framework’s common principles is left to each Functional Body to determine.

Declaration of Interests

Members are required to register and declare interests in accordance with the statutory Disclosable Pecuniary Interests regime and be open about any non-pecuniary interests that a member or member’s partner holds that are relevant to the work of the OPDC (Register of Interests above).

Expenses and Benefits Framework 

The Framework sets out the procedures for dealing with expenses at the OPDC.

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