Mayor's regen agency to oversee Old Oak Common site

by James Renoux-Wood Wed 27 November 2013, 10:59 am

London mayor Boris Johnson is to create a regeneration agency that will give him planning powers over the entire Old Oak Common site bordering Ealing.

The Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC)  is being created to fulfil ambitions to build 80,000 homes and create 20,000 jobs at a location which is earmarked to become London’s rail “super hub”, if proposals for HS2 get the green light.

A new Overground station station and a £25 million rail link with the existing West Coast mainline is proposed for the site, along with the creation of new roads, pathways and cycle routes, the Evening Standard reported. 

The agency will function in a similar way to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which was set up to ensure an Olympic legacy will be delivered east London.

Pat Hayes, Ealing Council's executive director for regeneration and housing, said: "Ealing welcomes the opportunity that the development of a CrossRail and HS2 station will bring to create jobs and homes at Old Oak Common.

"We are therefore willing to support mechanisms such as an MDC which help bring these opportunities forward, provided that the boundary of any MDC is tightly drawn and does not increase pressure for residential development in the Park Royal Estate and that the MDC does not introduce planning uncertainty around North Acton where Ealing has already consented substantial new development and is likely to consent more over coming years.

"The development at North Acton being likely to proceed anything on Old Oak Common by some years."

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