Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation designated the Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum.
This is the second designated in Old Oak and Park Royal. The first the Harlesden Neighbourhood Area and Forum designated in November 2015, which includes areas around Willesden Junction and Harlesden stations.
The status allows the local community to now develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Area, which area covers more than 22 hectares (55 acres) – equivalent in size to St James’s Park – including most of the existing residential neighbourhoods within the OPDC area.
OPDC says community engagement, involvement and the co-creation in planning and regeneration, particularly where residents and businesses are given increased power and ownership, is critical to the future success of Old Oak and Park Royal.
Liz Peace, Chairman of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation said: “It’s important that we continue to put the local community right at the heart of the future regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal and this decision cements our commitment to that ambition.”
Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation said: ”I’m delighted that OPDC has designated its second Neighbourhood Forum. It’s heartening that local residents are so well organised and care passionately about their community; we look forward to many continued years of collaboration and co-creation.”
Old Oak and Park Royal is one of London’s largest Opportunity Areas with a new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) Station due to be constructed at Old Oak by 2026. Redevelopment of the area has the potential to deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs in Old Oak and 1,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs on the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is the Mayor’s Development Corporation for the district and was established in April 2015 to drive forward future development plans for the wider area. OPDC has full planning powers within the 650-hectare site, which includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent.