Column: Have your say on Old Oak Column
PUBLISHED: 12:32 26 June 2017
Cllr Ketan Sheth, Brent Council’s chair of community and wellbeing scrutiny committee, writes:
The south of Brent is home to Park Royal, London’s largest and most successful industrial estate and a vital cog in the London economy.
The area is home to over 1,700 businesses, employing 43,000 people - many being Brent residents.
The area is particularly important for food production and includes major companies such as McVities, Heinz and Ocado along with hundreds of smaller businesses.
The east of the estate is set to be transformed in 2026 with the opening of Old Oak Common rail station.
The station will provide fast connections to London and Heathrow via the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) and to the rest of the UK via the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line.
This new station will enable regeneration projects to be brought forward around it and deliver much needed new homes, jobs, shops, restaurants and cultural venues.
The Mayor of London has established Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to coordinate and drive forward the regeneration of the area.
It is an enormous project - London’s largest, and is set to deliver over 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs over the next 20 to 30 years.
OPDC is looking to deliver significant numbers of homes and jobs immediately around the Old Oak Common station and maintain the success of the Park Royal Industrial Estate, so that existing businesses can grow and new businesses can locate there,
The Corporation is also keen to ensure that local people benefit from this regeneration project, through new employment opportunities, new services and facilities and access to new homes.
OPDC is now the planning authority for the area, meaning that it sets the overarching plan for how the area should be developed, which will be used for assessing and determining planning applications.
This plan, known as the Local Plan, is set to undergo its second round of consultation during the summer.
I sat on OPDC’s planning Committee that considered this local plan - it’s an ambitious document setting out a range of planning policies.
The public consultation runs from the 29th June to the 11th September. The document, its supporting studies and details on public consultation events can be found at: london.gov.uk/opdc and responses can be sent via email: email@example.com
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