A proactive planning strategy that will inform plans to regenerate Old Oak Common and safeguard the future of the Park Royal Industrial Estate has been published by the Mayor of London.
Old Oak Common in West London is set to be home to a vast High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station by 2026. The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a super hub between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.
The Mayor believes this presents an almost unprecedented opportunity to create a brand new part of the capital with tens of thousands of new homes and jobs. He has already announced plans to establish a Mayoral Development Corporation to drive through his proposals and today has published for consultation an Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF). This technical document has been developed with the Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent councils and sets out the strategic planning priorities and long term vision for the area.
The OAPF aims to:
- Create a successful and inclusive new urban neighbourhood at Old Oak Common, supporting the delivery of a minimum of 24,000 new homes with an additional 1,500 in non-industrial locations in Park Royal.
- Ensure the new High Speed 2 (HS2)/Crossrail and National Rail interchange successfully regenerates the area and contributes significantly to London’s competitiveness, in a way that meets local needs.
- Support the creation of 55,000 new jobs at Old Oak and a further 10,000 new jobs at Park Royal.
- Ensure this economic growth helps address deprivation and reduces inequality.
- Protect and enhance Park Royal as a strategic industrial location.
- Ensure that new development safeguards nearby amenity assets such Wormwood Scrubs and the Grand Union Canal.
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning said:
“With London set to be home to 11 million people by 2050, Old Oak Common and Park Royal is perhaps the most crucial regeneration area in the city, capable of delivering tens of thousands of much-needed homes and jobs. This framework will help us to plan strategically so that we can squeeze every last drop of benefit from this incredible opportunity”.
Subject to parliamentary approval, the MDC, to be called the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), will come into existence on April 1, 2015. Eric Pickles stated that he was happy with the plans last month and last December at a full plenary meeting, the London Assembly confirmed it was happy for the Mayor to move forward.
The Corporation will act as a single, transparent and robust body to spearhead the regeneration of the site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing
The OPDC will look to emulate the success of the London Legacy Development Corporation that continues to lead the post-Olympic regeneration of Stratford and East London. The Mayor’s Office believes that the regeneration opportunity could provide almost 14 per cent of Greater London’s employment needs up to 2031.
The Mayor has identified 38 Opportunity Areas across the capital. Opportunity Areas are London’s major source of brownfield land with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other development linked to existing or potential improvements to public transport accessibility. By establishing Opportunity Areas, and working closely with London boroughs and partner agencies, the Mayor will be best able to deliver significant social and economic regeneration.