CGI rendering of Grand Union Street

OPDC Planning Policy

As a Local Planning Authority, OPDC has a duty to prepare a Local Plan. The Local Plan sets out OPDC’s strategy for development within its area and contains the policies that will be used to direct development and determine applications across the entire OPDC area.

What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan sets the vision and framework for how an area will develop over time. The Local Plan, along with any neighbourhood plans, forms the overall development plan for a local area.

Our Local Plan for Old Oak and Park Royal must be in general conformity with the Mayor’s London Plan and must be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG).

OPDC's draft Local Plan

OPDC carried out the first consultation on the draft Local Plan and its supporting evidence base documents between 4 February and 31 March 2016.  The responses to the draft Local Plan have informed the production of the revised draft of the Local Plan. The public consultation on the revised draft Local Plan and associated documents runs from 29 June until midnight on 11 September 2017.

Timetable for production

The projected stages of the OPDC Local Plan production:

  • February 2016 - First draft Local Plan published for consultation
  • June 2017 - Revised draft Local Plan published for consultation
  • Early 2018 - Independent Examination of the Local Plan
  • Spring 2018 - Local Plan adoption

Local authority development plans

Until the OPDC adopts its own Local Plan for the OPDC area, local authority document plans will also form part of OPDC’s Development Plan. Links to the relevant local authority document plan documents (DPDs) are provided below.

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out our two-year project plan for the production of the Local Plan and other planning policy documents. It provides up-to-date information so that interested parties will know when they can participate in the plan-making process.

This LDS includes:

  • a description of the local planning documents to be prepared by OPDC
  • the planned timetable for preparing and revising each DPD, and the key milestones to be achieved
  • the project plan for preparing non-development plan documents which will support the Local Plan, including the Statement of Community Involvement and Supplementary Planning Documents
  • the project plan for the preparation of the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule.

Heritage and conservation

We have a key role in conserving and enhancing historic environment, and we’re making sure this responsibility is reflected across our work. As the local planning authority we are undertaking a range of heritage projects to ensure heritage assets actively shape the regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal.

This work includes publishing a Heritage Strategy, designating new and refreshing existing conservation areas, developing a local heritage list and working closely with partners such as Historic England to conserve and enhance nationally significant assets.

Cumberland Park Factory Conservation Area

On 27 February 2017, we designated our first new conservation area at the Cumberland Park Factory to help in its conservation, enhancement and to shape the regeneration of surrounding areas. This designation limits permitted development rights within the area and provides OPDC with additional tools for demolition proposals, trees and location of advertisements.

The Appraisal Report sets out further information including the area’s history, boundary and rationale for designation. We will also be developing Management Guidelines for the conservation area towards the end of 2017.

Please return back to this section for further information and updates on heritage and conservation in the future.