OPDC comes in to being

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

The Corporation will lead the regeneration of Old Oak Common in West London and will seek deliver up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs.

A High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026. The new station could be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day and acting as a “super hub” between London and the rest of the UK, Europe and the world.

The OPDC will work to maximise the regeneration potential of the new stations. The Corporation 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 safeguard and develop Park Royal as a strategic industrial location and attract long-term investment to the area, including from overseas.

The OPDC will hold its first board meeting today at City Hall. It is chaired by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, with Deputy Mayor for Planning Sir Edward Lister appointed Vice Chair.

The OPDC will take on various statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration and land acquisitions. It will also charge a Community Infrastructure Levy (once it has in place the necessary charging schedule).

The Director of the OPDC, Victoria Hills, will be speaking at Place West London on May 20.

The OPDC Board members are:

  • Chairman – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Vice Chairman – Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Planning
  • Chairman of the Planning Committee – Will McKee – Chair of Outer London Commission
  • Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council
  • Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council
  • Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
  • David Prout, Director General High Speed 2 Group, Department for Transport
  • David Biggs, Managing Director, Network Rail
  • Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London
  • Simon Kirby, Chief Executive, High Speed 2
  • Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority
  • Rahul Gokhale, Chair of the Park Royal Business Group
  • Eric Sorensen, Former Chief Executive of London Docklands Development Corporation and the Millennium Commission
  • Amanda Souter, local resident and chair of Wells House Road Residents Association
  • Prof Debra Humphris, Vice Provost Education at Imperial College London

The OPDC will cover the area encompassing the Park Royal Industrial Estate, Stonebridge Park, Park Royal Cemetery (Acton Cemetery), the core development site at Old Oak, North Acton Underground Station, Willesden Junction underground and overground stations and Wormwood Scrubs Common.

Wormwood Scrubs will continue to be protected by its designation as Metropolitan Open Land and the 1879 Wormwood Scrubs Act. New additional public open spaces are proposed north of Wormwood Scrubs to contribute to meeting the needs and requirements for forthcoming development.

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