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Community group established for Old Oak

Words: Laura Edgar

A Community Review Group has been formed to represent local people when planning outcomes are decided in Old Oak and Park Royal.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) is aiming to deliver 25,500 new homes across the area, as well as 65,000 new jobs.

The group is expected to review development proposals from the perspective of those living, working and spending time in the area. The outcome of the discussions will influence planning decisions.

Members have been selected to reflect the diversity of the area. The 12 people either live or work nearby, and span multiple generations, with the youngest being 21 years old.

OPDC partnered with Frame Projects to recruit the group, which runs independent design review panels for local authorities and for other public sector organisations, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the OPDC Place Review Group, a group of leading built environment professionals. This group will sit alongside the Community Review Group and will review planning proposals from the perspective of industry experts.

Liz Peace, OPDC chair, said: “Insights from the community are extremely important to ensure the benefits from the investment in the area meets the needs of those who live and work there. It is thrilling to see the interest in the development and regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal from local people who are invested in positive change. We hope that the Community Review Group will help strengthen OPDC’s existing relationships with local people.”

Community Review Group Chair, Tony Burton, said it is an opportunity for local voices to be heard and for the group’s recommendations to change the area for the better.

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