Proposals for Old Oak Common MDC laid before parliament

28 January 2015

Old Oak Common, one of the largest regeneration schemes in London for decades has received the seal of approval from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson intends to establish a Mayoral Development Corporation to lead the transformation of Old Oak Common in West London and create a brand new part of the city with up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.

Eric Pickles has now confirmed that he supports these plans. An Order has been laid before Parliament to create the new body, which will be known as the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). Subject to parliamentary approval, the new corporation will come into existence on April 1, 2015. The Order will be followed by a similar piece of legislation to give the OPDC planning powers.

Old Oak Common will be the meeting place of Crossrail, HS2, the Great Western Line and other London routes. A new station, the size of Waterloo, will bring these together and catalyse regeneration in the area.

In March 2014 the Mayor announced plans to create a new Mayoral Development Corporation to coordinate the planning and delivery of the vision for the regeneration of Old Oak Common and Park Royal.

The Corporation will act as a single, transparent and robust body to spearhead the regeneration of the 950 hectare site that straddles the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

“The vast new station at Old Oak Common presents us with an almost unprecedented opportunity to transform an area the size of a small London borough into a thriving new part of the capital, with unrivalled transport links to central London, the rest of the country and beyond. London will shortly become home to more people than ever before and there is no doubt that this scheme will provide a real shot- in-the-arm as we look to provide the new homes and jobs that we desperately need.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:

“Housebuilding is a key part of the Government’s long-term economic plan – so it is absolutely right that delivering new homes is at the heart of this exciting regeneration scheme. Today’s deal will create a whole new community in West London, delivering up to 24,000 new homes and over 50,000 new jobs, with excellent transport links both into the capital and across the country. This is on top of the efforts we’ve made to get the country building again, which has helped deliver over 141,000 homes in London since the end of 2009.”

Tony Mendes, Managing Director of Cargiant, said:

“Cargiant welcome the decision by the Secretary of State to approve the establishment of the MDC at Old Oak and Park Royal. This shows the momentum behind the project and we look forward to working with the MDC as we continue to develop our early plans for this important site.”

“The Cargiant site is the largest privately owned in the proposed MDC area and we see our long term regeneration plans as central to unlocking the Mayor’s vision for Old Oak Common.”

As well as promoting and delivering physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration, the Corporation will also safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC will be chaired by the Mayor of London or designate and it is proposed that the Corporation’s board will include councillors from the three relevant boroughs to ensure local accountability. It is intended that the OPDC will agree arrangements to delegate the determination of certain planning applications back to the boroughs.