Supply Management: "£1bn infrastructure spend for Old Oak HS2 site"

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"Around £1bn of infrastructure investment is needed to develop the district that will surround the new HS2 station in West London.

"The interim head of the mayoral development corporation responsible for the redevelopment of Old Oak and Park Royal has said the site was 'one of the most complex' to develop.

"Speaking at the Public Sector Show, Michael Mulhern, interim CEO of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), said: “There’s ultimately about £1bn worth of infrastructure needed to go in to unlock unlock the first phase of the development, which will ultimately deliver about 12,000 homes."


Until 30 July 2018: OPDC Local Plan: Final consultation stage, second attempt (Regulation 19, revised)

Timetable for production

The projected stages of the OPDC Local Plan production:
  • February 2016 - First draft Local Plan published for consultation
  • June 2017 - Revised draft Local Plan published for consultation
  • Autumn 2018 - Independent Examination of the Local Plan
  • Winter 2018 - Local Plan adoption.

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OPDC: Place Review Group

"To help fulfil OPDC's aspirations to deliver development at a scale that is significant for both the London and the UK economy, we established a Place Review Group in 2015. This group has provided 'critical friend' advice to the OPDC as the planning policy framework and implementation plan for Old Oak and Park Royal have been taken forward.

"The OPDC Place Review Group brings together leading professionals, working at the highest level in their fields and is made up of 22 panel members, including the Chair." 

"The Place Review Group, now managed by Frame Projects on behalf of OPDC, operates as a panel of nationally and internationally recognised practitioners with a broad range of expertise and experience who will review and provide independent advice to OPDC on a range of planning applications, masterplans and other projects within Old Oak and Park Royal.#

"The Group aims to support OPDC in achieving high quality, innovative and sustainable placemaking and will play an advisory role by providing impartial advice to the OPDC Planning Committee and OPDC Board for consideration. 

"Experts from the planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering industry make up the Group, including Peter Bishop, Professor of Urban Design at UCL and Director at Allies and Morrison, who is appointed Panel Chair. Peter held senior planning roles in central London boroughs for 25 years, working on major projects such as the King’s Cross railway lands development. He was the first Director of Design for London, and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency where he worked on the London Olympic Legacy Plans.

"The Place Review Group will operate in accordance with the 10 design review principles jointly agreed by Design Council CABE, the Landscape Institute, RTPI and RIBA."


GetWestLondon: "North Acton will have a 'greater density of population than Hong Kong' with tower blocks built on perfume factory site"

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"Ealing councillors responsible for approving thousands of homes each year have admitted they still find the hugely complex calculations on amounts of affordable housing offered by developers difficult to understand - even though some of them have sat on the council's planning committee for many years.

"The admission came as the committee unanimously approving plans to build three high-rise tower blocks on the site of a former perfume factory in North Acton, at a meeting at Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday May 21.

"... Despite their lack of clarity over the figures, councillors eventually accepted the scheme for 380 homes at the former Elizabeth Arden perfume factory on Wales Farm Road, which was put forward by developer Essential Living."


Railway & Canal Historical Society: "The London Aircraft Production Group"

Society LINK

Dec 2017: High Speed 2 Ltd.: Old Oak Common consultation

2017-12 South+Area_Old+Oak+Common_WEB.compressed by scribdstorage on Scribd

TED: "The biggest risks facing cities - and some solutions"

"With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics - they should also be the foundation of our political lives.

Looking around the world, from Syria to Singapore to Seoul and beyond, Muggah submits six principles for how we can build more resilient cities. 'Cities are where the future happens first. They're open, creative, dynamic, democratic, cosmopolitan, sexy,' Muggah says. 'They're the perfect antidote to reactionary nationalism."


West London Orbital railway - the route ahead

Questions to the Mayor

West London Orbital Railway [1]

Andrew Dismore (22-Mar-2018)
Do you welcome the proposals of the West London Alliance of boroughs to open a ‘West London Orbital’ railway, as part of London Overground?
The Mayor (22-Mar-2018)
I welcome the proposals to open a ‘West London Orbital’ railway. This new line could support the delivery of many new homes and jobs in west London, as well as improving connectivity across a wide area stretching from Barnet to Hounslow where there are currently limited public transport options for orbital travel. Given the support received for the West London Orbital rail line through the draft consultation on my Transport Strategy, I have strengthened my commitment to delivering the scheme in Proposal 88 of the final strategy, which now states: “The Mayor, through Transport for London (TfL), the West London Alliance boroughs and Network Rail, will work towards the delivery of a new London Overground 'West London Orbital' line connecting Hounslow with Cricklewood and Hendon via Old Oak, Neasden and Brent Cross.” TfL is now beginning the necessary feasibility work to take this proposal forward. I look forward to continuing the collaborative approach with the West London Alliance which has been invaluable in developing the proposal to this point.

West London Orbital Railway [2]

Andrew Dismore (22-Mar-2018)
Will you promote longer-distance trains along the ‘West London Orbital’ railway tracks, such as services between Surrey and Bedfordshire, via several of the London Opportunity Areas?
The Mayor (22-Mar-2018)
  I welcome support for the proposal to deliver a new West London Orbital railway line. On the basis of the support received through the consultation on my draft Transport Strategy, the Strategy has been amended to set out the potential route and its benefits in more detail.
   As the scheme is currently at feasibility stage, no decisions have yet been made regarding service operation. It should be noted that there are a number of capacity constraints on the route that would need to be addressed, notably the interfaces with the Midland Main Line north of Cricklewood, the North London line and the Hounslow loop. These may restrict the number and destination of services that can be offered on the route. There are also several freight services using the line. Taking these constraints into account, the core ambition will be to serve the already identified corridor, as this is where the key opportunity for delivering new homes and jobs lies.
   As is common with large infrastructure projects, further details relating to the design and operation of the scheme will be outlined through future public consultation.

West London Orbital Railway [3]

Andrew Dismore (22-Mar-2018)
   Will you intervene in Capita's plans for a new Brent Cross station if sufficiently long West London Orbital platforms are not included? [Should have said ‘separate and sufficiently long’.]
The Mayor (22-Mar-2018)
   I welcome the proposals to open a new ‘West London Orbital’ railway line. This new line could support the delivery of many new homes and jobs in west London, as well as improving connectivity across a wide area stretching from Barnet to Hounslow where there are currently limited public transport options for orbital travel.
   At the northern end of the proposed route, there is the potential to include a stop at the planned new Brent Cross Thameslink station to further support new development in the area.
   The new Thameslink station will be opened in 2022 and will be delivered as part of the Brent Cross West project. As the West London Orbital scheme is only in the early stages of development, any decision to serve Brent Cross will be dependent on future feasibility work. Subject to the outcome of this work, proposals for Brent Cross will look at whether it will be feasible to support the additional new development. The new Thameslink station will have 12 car long platforms, which would be of sufficient length to support any future West London Orbital service.


ChiswickW4: "New Local Rail Line In Mayor's Transport Strategy"

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"A preferred rail service option has been identified in a feasibility report with the first phase seeing a 4 train per hour service from West Hampstead to Hounslow, calling at West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Neasden, Harlesden, Old Oak Common (OOC) Victoria Road, Acton Central, South Acton, Brentford, Syon Lane, Isleworth, Hounslow.

"A second phase would see an additional 4 trains per hour from Hendon to Kew Bridge, calling at Hendon, Brent Cross, Neasden, Harlesden, OOC Victoria Road, Acton Central, South Acton to Kew Bridge. Phase 1 services are assumed to commence operation in 2026*, with phase 2 services running from 2029.

"The project has been led by the West London Alliance, with representatives of the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow, along with Transport for London and Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, represented on the project Steering Group."

* The WLA says it could be three years earlier. LINK.


GetWestLondon: "Why controversial plans to build three high-rise tower blocks at former perfume factory in North Acton have been rejected"

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"Controversial plans to build three high-rise tower blocks on the site of a former perfume factory in North Acton were rejected on Wednesday (February 21).

"Property developer Essential Living sought permission to build three blocks of flats, comprising of 390 homes, on the former Elizabeth Arden perfume factory site in Wales Farm Road.

"... Objecting to the development on the north of the site, Ealing resident Jonathan Notley told the committee meeting that the plans were 'misguided'.


Until 17 Nov: Consultation on London Overground stations

Hythe Road, on the West London Line:

Old Oak Common Lane, on the North London Line:

"We are holding public events to give people the chance to ask questions and meet the project team. These events are taking place at:
The Nadi Park Royal
260 Old Oak Common Lane
NW10 6DX

Monday 30 October: 12:30 – 19:30
Saturday 4 November: 10:30 – 16:00
Monday 6 November: 12:30 – 19:30"



Evening Standard: "Genesis starts work on first major housing scheme at Old Oak Common"

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"Work has begun on the first major housing development at Old Oak Common — six years after it was identified as London’s biggest regeneration project.

"More than 600 new homes for rent will be built at the Oaklands site near the Grand Union Canal at Willesden. Forty per cent of the properties will be designated as affordable.

"The £175 million scheme is a joint venture between housing association Genesis and Championship football club Queens Park Rangers."


LookWestLondon: 'Genesis development does a press release'

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"James Murray, the Deputy Mayor of London and Liz Peace CBE, the Chairman of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) have officially started construction on the first homes at Old Oak.

"The two joined Queens Park Rangers and Genesis Housing Association who are demolishing a derelict hostel that will make way for a new West London neighbourhood consisting of 605 new homes, including a high proportion (40%) of affordable homes. They are the first homes that will be built at Old Oak and Park Royal and will start the transformation of the area.

"QPR had acquired a few pieces of land in the area when they were hoping to build a new stadium there. They have now switched that focus to the Linford Christie stadium, south of Wormwood Scrubs, and are looking to develop their land holdings in Old Oak in line with OPDC plans to provide funding for that new stadium."


Barnet Times: "'A real game-changer': New West London Orbital Railway connecting Barnet, Harrow, Hounslow, Ealing and other boroughs on the cards"

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"In a meeting of the West London Economic Prosperity Board, with Barnet Council leader Richard Cornelius a member, councillors were overjoyed at the results of the study, showing the potential economic benefits of the scheme and opportunities for residents.

"Three councillors from Brent, Neil Nerva, Lia Colacicco and Shafique Choudhary attended the meeting to praise councillors for their work into this matter, along with the conductors of the study, West London Alliance, and ask that the plans come into fruition more quickly than the 10-year timeline projected, while naming it a 'game-changer'.

"Cllr Cornelius joked:
"It is very important we pick up that comment about speed. I look around the room and people are much younger than me, but it would be nice to see this finished in my lifetime!"

GetWestLondon: "West London Orbital Railway 'stands good a chance of becoming a reality' and here is how it will look"

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"Plans for a new orbital railway line linking north and west London have been given the thumbs up by an economic board and made a significant step towards becoming a reality.

"The West London Orbital Railway would consist of two new lines one running from West Hampstead to Hounslow and another running from Hendon to Isleworth via Brent Cross.

"... Brent councillor and West London Orbital Railway campaigner, Lia Colacicco, said:
"I had to pinch myself – I have spent eight years campaigning for the West London Orbital Railway, and now it actually stands a good chance of becoming a reality."

IanVisits: "New railway line for West London proposed"

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(it would interchange at Neasden, not Dollis Hill)

An old railway line currently used for cargo trains could be converted into passenger use, linking parts of West London currently poorly served by rail services.

The little-used railway line runs from just north of Cricklewood on the Thameslink line and loops around West London, ever so slightly just missing aligning with a number of stations on existing lines, until it join up with the London Overground at Acton.

"... A consortium of local councils, the West London Economic Prosperity Board has now endorsed a plan to convert the freight railway tracks into passenger services and create what could be an extension of the London Overground service."


The Guardian: "Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London"

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"A Guardian Cities investigation has for the first time mapped the startling spread of pseudo-public spaces across the UK capital, revealing an almost complete lack of transparency over who owns the sites and how they are policed.

"Pseudo-public spaces – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers – are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.

"Although they are seemingly accessible to members of the public and have the look and feel of public land, these sites – also known as privately owned public spaces or 'Pops' – are not subject to ordinary local authority bylaws but rather governed by restrictions drawn up the landowner and usually enforced by private security companies."


Evening Standard: "Fracking could begin in London after 'multi-million' pound natural gas find"

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"An energy company today claimed to have identified natural gas 'worth millions' under an industrial estate in London, raising the prospect of the capital's first fracking operation.

"London Local Energy believes there are oil and gas deposits below Artesian Close Industrial Estate in Willesden. It now wants a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence from regulator the Oil and Gas Authority to drill underground.

"LLE chief executive Nick Grealy and four geologists came up with the theory that oil and gas are at the location after researching the discovery of oil at Stonebridge Park in 1912."


Until Mon 2 Oct: "Draft Mayor's Transport Strategy 2017"

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"On June 21 Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published a draft of the Mayor's Transport Strategy. The document sets out the Mayor's policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next 25 years.

About the strategy

"Transport has the potential to shape London, from the streets Londoners live, work and spend time on, to the Tube, rail and bus services they use every day.

"By using the Healthy Streets Approach to prioritise human health and experience in planning the city, the Mayor wants to change London’s transport mix so the city works better for everyone.

"Three key themes are at the heart of the strategy.
  1. Healthy Streets and healthy people
    Creating streets and street networks that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use will reduce car dependency and the health problems it creates.
  2. A good public transport experience
    Public transport is the most efficient way for people to travel over distances that are too long to walk or cycle, and a shift from private car to public transport could dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets.
  3. New homes and jobs
    More people than ever want to live and work in London. Planning the city around walking, cycling and public transport use will unlock growth in new areas and ensure that London grows in a way that benefits everyone.

Have your say on the draft Mayor's Transport Strategy

"The Mayor would like to hear your views on his draft transport strategy. You can:
  • complete the questionnaire on TfL's website
  • email your comments to consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or
  • call 0343 222 1155.

"The public consultation will be open until 2 October 2017."


Municipal Dreams: "Grenfell Tower"

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"For almost four decades, we have been taught to see public spending as a bad thing; ruthless economising as a virtue.  We have come to know the price of everything and the value of nothing…and have ended with the funeral pyre of Grenfell Tower.

"Three days after the night of Wednesday 14 June, I still haven’t written anything about Grenfell Tower.  I’ve been trying to process the tragedy emotionally and intellectually. Even the pronoun jars.  This is – or should be – all about the pain and anger felt by the victims of the tower block fire. Those feelings are shared by many but have been appropriated by a few to fit their existing worldviews, to serve pre-existing agenda. In the meantime, it seems every journalist has become an expert, every pundit has their opinion.

"I do know a bit about social housing but I'm certainly not an expert on all the issues raised by Grenfell Tower.  This is an attempt to look at some of the questions raised and to query some of the responses already emerging."


AECOM to be OPDC's Old Oak Masterplanner

"Following an OJEU-compliant [that's COMPLIANT, not COMPLAINT!] procurement process, the seven short-listed bids have been evaluated and the preferred bidder is AECOM.

The objectives of the Old Oak masterplanning contract are:

  • To create a masterplan that is deliverable and reflects the quality and sustainability aspirations set out in the OPDC draft Local Plan and supporting studies.
  • To create a masterplan that will establish a new benchmark for successful long-term placemaking in Old Oak, west London.
  • To establish an overarching approach for the delivery of the Old Oak area shared by partners and stakeholders, which delivers social and economic benefits for local communities.
  • To inform OPDC planning policy.

Forecasted timeline and key milestones:

  • OJEU Standstill period — 12-22 May 2017
  • Contract start and mobilisation — May/June 2017
  • Visioning and baseline analysis — Summer 2017
  • Longlist, shortlist options (incl. engagement with stakeholders) — Autumn 2017
  • Preferred option refinement, first draft strategies — Early 2018
  • Final deliverables: spatial masterplan, phasing, transport, commercial and residential strategies — Spring 2018

The Old Oak masterplanning contract will allow for:

  • Greater certainty for landowners, investors and stakeholders on how and when the area will be developed.
  • The development of a clear delivery strategy, funding and financing strategy, land assembly strategy and business plan for OPDC as a future landowner.
  • Clarity and consensus on what key site wide infrastructure is needed and where it would be located to allow for procurement and investment.
  • A site wide approach to development, creating synergies between different landowners schemes.

Background on OPDC and scale of opportunity

"Old Oak and Park Royal is London’s largest Opportunity Area with a new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station due to be constructed at Old Oak by 2026.

"Redevelopment of the area has the potential to deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs in Old Oak and 1,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs on the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.

"OPDC was established in April 2015 to drive forward future development plans for the wider area.

"OPDC has full planning powers within its 650 hectare boundary that includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent."


OPDC: Neighbourhood Plans

Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum and Area consultations

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Council (LBHF) and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) have received a joint application to designate the Old Oak Neighbourhood Planning Forum and the Old Oak Neighbourhood Area. If successfully designated, a Forum can develop a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans are community-led documents to shape and guide development in the area. Once adopted a Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the planning framework alongside the Local Plan. This means that the policies in the plan will be used to help decide whether planning applications in the area are acceptable or not.. Both authorities have assessed the joint application and are satisfied it meets the statutory requirements in the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

What does this mean for you?

We are seeking your comments on whether the proposed Neighbourhood Forum represents the different sections of the local community and whether the proposed Neighbourhood Area boundary is appropriate.

Have your say

The Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum and Area application document can be viewed online And can be viewed at: Duty Planner Room, 1st Floor Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, King Street, Hammersmith W6 9JU City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London Riverside, London SE1 2AA


There will also be a presentation event, to explain the role and remit of neighbourhood planning and further details about the proposed boundary and forum, on Wednesday 10 May, 7.00-8.00pm, at The Co-Club, The Perfume Factory, 140 Wales Farm Road W3 6UG. Please contact the below email or postal address if you would like to attend. 

Let us know what you think by 5.00pm on 15 June 2017

Any comments should be sent to: oldoaknf@london.gov.uk by 5.00pm 15 June 2017 or in writing to: Neighbourhood Planning, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London Riverside, London SE1 2AA. Please provide your name and postcode details as part of your response.

Next steps

Following the consultation, both authorities will decide whether to designate the area as proposed or with amendments, giving consideration to the consultation responses and to the appropriateness of the neighbourhood area. The authorities will also decide whether to designate the neighbourhood forum, giving consideration to consultation responses and factors such as how widely the membership is drawn (including different places and different sections of the community) and how the purpose of the group generally reflects the character of the area.

Further details on the role and function of neighbourhood planning and considerations for the appropriateness of neighbourhood areas and forums can be found online.


Evening Standard: "The Age of Spectacle by Tom Dyckhoff- review"

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"When did it suddenly become a good idea to design towers shaped like cheesegraters or walkie-talkies? When did skyscrapers start getting called gherkins (even though they clearly look more like a bullet or a sex toy)? When did we suddenly need giant viewing wheels, High Lines and Olympic sculptures that double as helter-skelters? 

"The answer, in short, was when Western cities became places of conspicuous consumption and extravagant spectacle rather than production and manufacturing.

"That, at least, is the thesis of TV presenter and architecture buff Tom Dyckhoff in his book The Age of Spectacle. And it's a sound one."


High Speed 2: 'Design Vision'

2017-04 HS2 Design Vision Booklet by scribdstorage on Scribd

Wed 26 Apr: "OPDC draft Local Plan: What is Regulation 19?"

"The nature of the next stage of consultations is very different to last year's Regulation 18 draft Local Plan, so we're holding an event to go through the differences.

"This will enable you to have your say in the future of Old Oak and Park Royal once the consultation is launched."

Date and Time
Wed 26 April 2017
19:00 – 20:30 BST

140 Wales Farm Road
W3 6UG

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