Hills gets OPDC CEO job

victoria hills smlVictoria Hills has been appointed chief executive officer of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

She has been the interim CEO since the OPDC came in to being on April 1, 2015.

Victoria is a chartered planner and a former head of transport at the Greater London Authority.

The OPDC is looking to deliver the Mayor’s vision for regeneration in the area which, the Mayor believes, has the potential to deliver a £15bn boost to London’s economy over the next 15 years.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Old Oak Common can be as important to West London as the Olympics have been for East London, driving social and economic regeneration on an almost unparalleled scale. I am delighted to be able to appoint someone of the calibre and experience of Victoria Hills to drive forward this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

Victoria Hills said: “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to secure the best possible outcomes from the significant transport investment that Old Oak and Park Royal will benefit from. This is a career defining opportunity for me to deploy my transport and planning expertise to showcase the very best London can offer in exemplar place making.”

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.

It has the support of Government and full planning powers across the entire site straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

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

The OPDC is chaired by Deputy Mayor for Planning Sir Edward Lister and has various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions.

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