Mayor proposes new planning body
Wed 14 January 2015, 3:39 pm
Plans to set up a Mayoral Development Corporation to oversee the building of 24,000 homes and the creation of 55,000 jobs in Old Oak Common and Park Royal have been submitted to the government.
London mayor, Boris Johnson, has written to secretary of state, Eric Pickles, who will now lay an order before parliament to establish the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. It is expected that it will come into existence on 1 April 2015.
Once established, it will be responsible for determining planning decisions across the region, a responsibility usually assigned to local authorities.
London Assembly members have thrown support behind the proposals. It is hoped that the corporation will spearhead the regeneration of a 950-ha site that straddles the borders of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Brent.
The site has been earmarked as a regeneration hotspot following the announcement that a High Speed 2 and Crossrail station will be built at Old Oak Common by 2026. The new station will be the size of Waterloo, handling 250,000 passengers a day.
Johnson said: “By 2030 the sprawling industrial land at Old Oak Common could be a thriving new district teeming with tens of thousands of new homes and jobs.”
If established, the corporation would also take on statutory powers relating to infrastructure, regeneration, land acquisitions and financial assistance.