White City OAPF agreed

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have agreed the White City Opportunity Area Planning Framework, which seeks to guide the area’s development.

The OAPF includes plans for up to 5,000 homes and aims to create 10,000 jobs. Projects involved include the expansion of Westfield London, the transformation of Television Centre, and Imperial College London’s new research, higher education and business campus, Imperial West.

It also sets out how a large new public park called White City Green could be created, along with new schools and leisure facilities.

The document sets out in detail the council wants developers to work together to ensure the best use of land and public space, creating transport and pedestrian links and ensuring the area’s social infrastructure serves its growing population.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, said: “Together with existing policies, this planning framework has the potential to improve the prospects of thousands of local people by creating significant housing and job opportunities.

“We are determined to make the most of this once-in-a-generation chance to realise the potential of White City.”

In a foreword to the planning framework, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, describes how the proposals include exciting new green spaces, links to surrounding communities, thousands of new homes including much-needed family housing, and an inspiring new hub for creative industries, leisure, media and innovation.

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