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Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and Forum

On 12 September 2017, OPDC designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and on 9 February 2018, OPDC’s Chief Executive Officer designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.

Area and Forum applications and decisions

On 12 September 2017, OPDC designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area as shown below (view uncropped map):

Designated Old Oak Neighborhood Area

Further information regarding the designation and the reasons for amending the area originally applied for are set out in the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area Decision Document.

On 9 February 2018, OPDC designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. Further information is set out in:

First joint Old Oak Neighbourhood Area & Forum application

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council (LBHF) and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) previously received joint applications from the Interim Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum to designate the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum. As Local Planning Authorities both LBHF and OPDC have to consider these applications separately.

A public consultation of the proposed Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum and Old Oak Neighbourhood Area took place from 3 May 2017 to 15 June 2017.

On 12 September 2017, the OPDC Board refused to designate the Interim Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the neighbourhood forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. The application was refused due to the interim forum not meeting the legal requirement to have 21 members from within the boundary of the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. This results from the changes made to the designated area. The reasons for refusing to designate the forum are set out in the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum Refusal Statement.

For more information about these decisions you can:

If you would like to find out more about the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum and Area applications you can email the office.

Second Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum application

Following the refusal of OPDC Board to designate the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum in September 2017, OPDC received a second application in October 2017 to designate the Interim Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the neighbourhood forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.

Public consultation on the application took place between 22 November 2017 and 18 January 2018. Find out more about the consultation.

On 9 February 2018, OPDC designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.

Next steps

To support the timely designation of a Neighbourhood Forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area, the OPDC Board agreed that this designation is delegated to OPDC’s Chief Executive Officer should OPDC Officers be in a position to recommend that this Forum is approved.

On 9 February 2018, OPDC’s Chief Executive Officer designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum as the forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.

FAQs

How were the Old Oak Area and Forum applications considered?

OPDC considered the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and Forum applications in accordance with national legislation, guidance and case law.

 
How did OPDC and LBHF work together?

The applications to designate the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area and Forum were submitted at the same time to both OPDC and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF). As they were submitted to both local planning authorities, legislation identifies them as joint applications.

As a joint application, national guidance encourages OPDC and LBHF to work together. Guidance suggests that a ‘lead authority’ could be beneficial in managing the process. OPDC and LBHF agreed that OPDC should the lead authority for this application as most of the proposed neighbourhood area was within OPDC’s area.

OPDC and LBHF worked closely during the consultation process. However, as individual ‘local planning authorities’, OPDC and LBHF are required by legislation to assess and determine applications individually for the areas within each authority. As such OPDC is not able to determine areas within LBHF.

What factors informed the Neighbourhood Area being designated?

Legislation and case law provide OPDC with discretion in determining an area application and defining the area’s boundary. Case law also recommends the development of a ‘factual and policy matrix’ to inform assessments that is specific to each proposed area. The Old Oak Neighbourhood Area application was assessed against a specific matrix comprised of 4 components. The components are: 

  • National Planning Practice Guidance;
  • public consultation responses;
  • strategic significance of sites; and 
  • character of the proposed area.

These 4 components have been included by other local planning authorities in assessing neighbourhood area applications elsewhere. 

OPDC’s assessment resulted in the designated Old Oak Neighbourhood Area being smaller than the original area set out in the application material. Although smaller, the area included 98% of households within the original area.

What factors informed the Neighbourhood Forum being refused?

Legislation requires that the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum application relates to the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. Legislation also requires OPDC to consider the application against four criteria. One of these criteria requires a forum to have a minimum of 21 members who live in, work in or represent the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. 

The designated Old Oak Neighbourhood Area is smaller than the original area. The changes made to the area’s boundary resulted in the proposed forum having 16 members within the designated area. Legislation does not enable OPDC to accept updated application information. As such, the forum was not able to submit updated information to try and meet the legal requirement to have 21 members. To accord with legislation, OPDC could not approve the application. OPDC had to follow the legislative process otherwise the decisions could be challenged and delay the production of any future neighbourhood plan for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. 

In order to meet legislative requirements a new forum application must now be submitted to OPDC. This application must undergo public consultation for a minimum of 6 weeks before being considered by OPDC for determination. OPDC will work proactively and positively with the proposed forum in assessing a new forum application as quickly as possible. In demonstrating this, OPDC Board agreed to delegate the decision to designate a neighbourhood forum for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area to OPDC’s Chief Executive Officer, should officers recommend the forum is designated.

OPDC looks forward to working positively with any future forum in developing a neighbourhood plan for the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area.