OLC to be light on Western representation?

The Outer London Commission may not have a West London representative, says Deputy Mayor Sir Simon Milton.

Speaking at a gathering to celebrate the publication of the London-Luton Growth Corridor prospectus, Sir Simon said that the Local Authority members of the OLC Board would be the leaders of Richmond, Croydon and Waltham Forest.

While he wasn’t able to confirm the membership of the rest of the Board – he was speaking without notes on the subject and responding to a question from the floor – the remainder of the group will be made up of representatives of TfL, the LDA, the development sector and Academia. Sir Terry Farrell, who already has roles with the Thames Gateway, was confirmed as a member of the OLC last year.

Given that, it’s distinctly possible that West London’s six Boroughs will be without a voice on the Board.

The OLC will have up to 12 members, advise the Mayor on the London Plan and identify up to five areas to become outer 'London growth hubs'.

Johnson has also asked the commission to look at best practice and 'showcase examples of town centre excellence' to guide his future policy statements.

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