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Revised local plan submitted for Old Oak Common

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has submitted a revised draft local plan to the Planning Inspectorate that aims to support the creation of more than 25,000 new homes.

It also seeks to deliver “tens of thousands” of new jobs in the area.

The changes to the draft plan were made after an inspector advised the development corporation to remove two sites during public examination in 2019. The inspector considered the corporation’s plans for phase 1a to be deliverable and has directed the development corporation to make changes to the local plan to support the delivery of this phase of development.

The corporation said the local plan intends to “exploit” the transport hub that is located in West London, as it will be the only place where HS2, the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) and Great Western Rail services will meet.

Homes are already being constructed, but it is expected that the revised local plan will help to accelerate the building of a new urban district comprising affordable homes, jobs, public space and local facilities by making the new Old Oak Common Station the focus.

The local plan designates key sites in Old Oak North for long-term employment to protect existing businesses.

The corporation said it is continuing to work with local landowners to prepare the local plan, as well as its three London boroughs – Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Brent – plus HS2, the Department for Transport, Network Rail and the local community.

The development corporation plans to submit a bid to the government infrastructure fund shortly for support to deliver new access roads, bridges and utilities.

David Lunts, the corporation’s chief executive, said the new proposals “make for a better and more deliverable” local plan.

“By focusing on public sector-owned sites we can coordinate major regeneration at scale, fully exploiting the amazing potential created by the  largest new rail station to be built in over a century here at Old Oak Common. Our aim, though, is not just new homes and jobs; we are creating a desirable, exceptionally well-connected and bustling series of districts for London where ‘live, work, play’ is more than just a slogan.

“We will be consulting the community in the months ahead and, subject to the planning inspector’s approval, hope to see the local plan adopted before the year is out.”

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