Ealing Council cautious over new planning agency

by James Wood Tue 3 December 2013, 2:53 pm

Ealing Council has given qualified support to the formation of a regeneration agency with planning powers over the Old Oak Common site bordering Ealing.

Last week, Boris Johnson announced he would create a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to fulfill ambitons to build 80,000 homes and create 20,000 jobs at a location that will become London’s rail “super hub”, if proposals for HS2 get the green light. 

Pat Hayes, Ealing Council’s executive director for regeneration and housing, said developing measures to improve connectivity would benefit Ealing. A new Overground station and £25 million rail link are proposed for the site, along with the creation of new roads, pathways and cycle routes.

However, Hayes was guarded over the potential influence of the agency on other regeneration projects in the borough.

He 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.

"But this is provided that the boundary of any MDC is tightly drawn and that it does not increase pressure for residential development in the Park Royal Estate.

"We would also hope 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 is likely to precede anything on Old Oak Common by some years."

The MDC 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 in east London.

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