The Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has issued its Local Plan for consultation, which sets out the vision for the transformation of the area, details of distinctive parts of the regeneration site and planning policies for future development.
Old Oak is where HS2 and Crossrail will intersect, and will be one of the largest new stations built in the UK, handling 250,000 passengers a day. The Mayor of London believes this could act as a springboard to deliver 25,500 new homes and up to 65,000 jobs at both Old Oak and the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.
Last year, the Mayor launched the OPDC to drive forward the regeneration of the area. The consultation runs until March 31.
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chairman of OPDC said: “This is the first opportunity that West London residents and businesses have to contribute to the look and feel of the future Old Oak and Park Royal. With so much change planned it is vital that we receive the views of the local community so we can create an unrivalled new part of London.”
Victoria Hills, OPDC Chief Executive Officer said: “This consultation offers the perfect opportunity for local communities and Londoners to get involved and help shape their neighbourhood and city, the place they live and work in. By sharing their views at such an early stage in this 30 plus years project they really can help to shape the transformation of this part of west London.”
Amanda Souter, OPDC Board Member and Community Champion, and local resident said: “This is one of the biggest property developments in the UK in our lifetime. Plans for 25,500 news homes and 65,000 new jobs created right on our doorstep. Our world around us is changing and OPDC’s Local Plan will present a combination of exciting opportunities for residents and also some impacts that we may want to change. It is important we get involved and help shape our own future.”
OPDC will analyse all comments received and use them to inform the next version of the Local Plan which will be consulted on in autumn 2016. It is expected that it will be fully adopted in 2017.
Brent Council’s Leader, Councillor Muhammed Butt, is urging residents and businesses to have their say on the proposals. He said: “Brent Council fully supports the regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal because of the fantastic transport connections and large amount of new homes and jobs that will be created.
“There’s no denying that the scale of transformation is huge. That’s why we need to make sure, from the very outset, that the regeneration will help improve the lives of local people in Brent, especially around Harlesden and Willesden.
“Our main priority is always to secure the maximum benefit for our residents. We want to see as much affordable housing provided as possible and also ensure the very best outcome for Willesden Junction and Harlesden High Street.”