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Khan announces appointments to Old Oak planning committee

Words: Laura Edgar
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Former chief planner Steve Quartermain CBE has been appointed to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)’s planning committee.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also announced that Gary Rice, who previously led development at Southwark Council, will join the committee. The appointments take effect immediately.

The development corporation leads the planning and delivery of the capital's largest regeneration opportunity area. Up to 205,000 homes, including affordable, are planned for the area, as is a HS2 interchange station.

Quartermain was the chief planner at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) from 2008 until last year, when he stepped down. He advises the charity MOBIE, the Academy of Urbanism, Women in Planning and the University of Kent.

He commented: “Old Oak and Park Royal is one of the country’s most significant regeneration opportunities. The vision for a connected new district has national significance to aid long-term recovery and boost prosperity. Sitting on OPDC’s planning committee, I look forward to helping to guide new development by ensuring high standards of design, sustainability and innovation, and above all, creating a place that benefits the people who live, work and visit there.”

Rice has led major developments for the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Havering. These include the new Elephant Park regeneration project and One Tower Bridge. He has experience in town planning, urban design, architecture, building control, regeneration and conservation in both the public and private sectors.

Rice said: “Navigating complex development to create standout places, particularly in London, is the passion I’ve dedicated my career to. The construction of the HS2 station has already kick-started growth at Old Oak and Park Royal, and I’m enthused to work with the mayor, my fellow committee members and the whole OPDC team to oversee and shape some of the capital’s most exciting and ambitious planning applications.”

Quartermain and Rice will join committee members that include local councillors from Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham and independent industry experts. The committee works with OPDC’s Community Review Group of local residents, which provides advice on applications prior to determination.

Liz Peace CBE, OPDC chair said: “We’re thrilled to announce these two major appointments. Steve and Gary join OPDC at a pivotal time, with HS2’s Old Oak Common Station construction well underway and excellent progress made on our local plan. They bring a wealth of experience and insight that will help us get the very best quality of new and affordable homes and jobs that maximises opportunities for our local communities and beyond.”

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