Pickles backs Old Oak Common development corporation plans

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has rubber-stamped 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.

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

Pickles has confirmed that he supports London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to establish the MDC to lead the redevelopment of Old Oak Common.

In a statement issued this morning, the mayor’s office said that an order has been laid before Parliament to create the new body, which will be known as the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

The statement added that, subject to parliamentary approval, the new corporation will come into existence on 1 April. The order will be followed by legislation to give the development corporation planning powers, the statement said.

In December London Assembly members opted against using their powers to block the proposals, although Labour members passed a motion setting out concerns over the plans.

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).

A High Speed 2 and Crossrail station is due to be constructed at Old Oak Common by 2026.

Johnson said: "The vast new station at Old Oak Common presents us with an almost unprecedented opportunity to transform an area the size of a small London borough into a thriving new part of the capital."

Football club Queens Park Rangers are pursuing plans to build a new stadium at Old Oak Common.

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