Old Oak Common development corporation plans move forward

Plans to set up a mayoral development corporation (MDC) to deliver nearly 25,000 homes around the site of a vast High Speed 2 and Crossrail 'super hub' station in west London have taken a step forward after London Assembly members opted against using their powers to block the proposals.

Proposed QPR stadium: plans are at heart of Old Oak Common regeneration area
Proposed QPR stadium: plans are at heart of Old Oak Common regeneration area

London mayor Boris Johnson has powers to designate any area of land in Greater London as a mayoral development area for the purposes of setting up an MDC.

At the final stage of the process, the London Assembly is given the opportunity to reject the proposed designation, with a two-thirds majority required.

At an extraordinary plenary meeting of the assembly yesterday, assembly members opted not to block the proposals, although Labour members passed a motion setting out concerns over the plans.

Johnson will now write to communities secretary Eric Pickles stating his intention to move ahead with the creation of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, the mayor's office said in a statement.

The proposed MDC, covering 950 hectares straddling the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing, would take on planning powers across the area, including determination of applications.

The development corporation, which would be chaired by the mayor, would also be able to set a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

London Assembly Labour group planning spokesperson Nicky Gavron said that, while the party supported the principle of the MDC, "there are a number of key details within this specific proposal which have yet to be resolved".

Gavron said that the mayor should include a requirement that 50 per cent of all new homes in the MDC area are affordable and added that there is "real concerns at the unprecedented speed with which the mayor is attempting to push through the key planning documents".


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