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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 Regulation 18 draft Local Plan and its supporting evidence base documents between 4 February and 31 March 2016.  A second consultation was carried out on the first Regulation 19 revised draft Local Plan from 29 June until midnight on 11 September 2017.

Responses to both of these consultations informed the second Regulation 19 revised draft Local Plan consultation, and its associated new and updated supporting studies, from 14 June to midnight on 30 July 2018.

On 4 October 2018  the Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination - the final stage of creating a local plan.

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
  • June 2018 - Second revised draft Local Plan published for consultation
  • Winter 2018/2019 - Independent Examination of the Local Plan
  • Spring 2019 - 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. Please note, that following the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham adopting their Local Plan in February 2018, their Core Strategy, Development Management Local Plan and associated Proposals Map have been removed from the Development Plan and are no longer in use. 

Links to the relevant local authority development 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 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 the Local Plan 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.

Brownfield Land Register

What is a Brownfield Land Register required? What does it do?

The Government is committed to maximising the number of new homes built on suitable previously developed brownfield land and aims to ensure that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020. Brownfield land is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework.

All local planning authorities are required to publish a Brownfield Land Register (BLR) by 31st December 2017, which identifies areas of previously developed land available for development. The Register comprises a standard set of information that will be kept up to date, and made publicly available, to help provide certainty for developers and communities and encourage delivery of housing and investment in the area.

There are two parts to the Register:

  • Part 1 is for all sites above 0.25 hectares and categorised as previously developed land, that also satisfy criteria relating to ‘suitability’ and ‘availability’ for new homes, and the ‘achievability’ of housing development.
  • Part 2 of the Register is for OPDC to apply a “Permission in Principle” (PiP) to suitable sites only after consultation and publicity requirements, and other procedures set out in the regulations have been met. Find out more about Brownfield Land Registers.

Where can I find out about Brownfield Land in the OPDC area?

OPDC has published its first version of the Register below. The Register currently only includes Part 1 sites. This will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.