The Council Members who are on the OLC are drawn from Richmond, Waltham Forest and Croydon. They gathered on Feb 3 for their first meeting. The OLC, chaired by former BPF Chair William McKee, will advise the Mayor on changes to the London Plan in respect to outer boroughs as well as looking at how to take forward the work outlined in the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Action Plan.
The board members are:
- William McKee, CBE, Chair
- Sir Terry Farrell, Adviser on architecture and civic design
- Colin Stanbridge, CEO London Chamber of Commerce
- Cllr Mike Fisher, LB Croydon
- Cllr Clyde Loakes, LB Waltham Forest
- Cllr Serge Lourie, LB Richmomd–upon-Thames
- Robert Heskett, Land Securities
- Nigel Keen, John Lewis Partnership
- Peter Eversden, London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies
- Corinne Swain, Arup
- Professor Ian Gordon, London School of Economics
- Peter Rogers/Peter Bishop, London Development Agency
- Peter Hendy, Transport for London
- Tony Pidgley, Berkeley Group
Speaking ahead of the meeting, the Mayor called for a radical rethink of the role outer London boroughs can play in helping the capital through the current economic downturn. He said outer London areas have the potential to revitalise the capital’s economy and boost future growth.
The Mayor said: “We are facing challenging economic times so it is imperative that we do everything we can to strengthen and diversify the capital’s economy. I believe that investing in outer boroughs to un-tap their economic potential will not only revitalise London’s economy today but strengthen and diversify it for future generations."
“Over 1.6m people already work in some 160,000 business in outer London boroughs. I want to expand that number by encouraging new businesses and nurturing those that already exist in the area. I will ensure that outer London benefits from the newly refocused LDA programmes to advise and invest in small businesses."
William McKee, Chair of the OLC (pictured), said: “The Mayor has rightly placed realising the economic potential of outer London at the heart of the Commission’s work. In support of this, we will be examining, also, other key planning considerations including transport infrastructure and factors affecting the quality of life in outer London.”
The Commission will hold six meetings, four in outer London areas including one in West London, in the next four months before submitting their preliminary report to the Mayor in June ahead of the review of the London Plan.
The OLC has defined Outer London as the Boroughs of: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Sutton and Waltham Forest as outer London Boroughs. LB Hammersmith & Fulham is not considered 'Outer'.