Old Oak Common

Swathes of industrial and railway land in one of London’s poorest areas will be transformed after Old Oak Common was confirmed as southern England’s main high speed hub rail station.

The new station could act as a catalyst to create thousands of new homes and jobs in one of the capital’s most deprived neighbourhoods after the Transport Secretary signalled the go-ahead for the £50billion rapid rail link between London and the north of England. Known as HS2, a new generation of high speed trains – running at speeds of up to 225mph – will stop at a major new interchange station just north of Wormwood Scrubs before terminating at Euston.

HS2 Ltd has submitted a Bill to Parliament for Phase 1 of the proposed HS2 line between London and Birmingham. These proposals include a HS2 station at Old Oak Common by 2026 as well as transport connections to Crossrail and the Great Western Main Line. The HS2 proposals provide a unique opportunity to regenerate the area north of Wormwood Scrubs which has the potential to provide up to 24,000 new homes and up to 55,000 jobs.

HS2 Bill

The HS2 Bill received royal Assent on the 23 February 2017. Further information on HS2 Bill can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited.

Regeneration of Old Oak Common

There are proposals to regenerate the area of industrial and railway land between Old Oak Common Lane, Wormwood Scrubs, Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction. The regeneration proposals extend into the London Boroughs of Ealing and Brent.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)

The GLA set up a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) on 1 April 2015 to oversee and co-ordinate the delivery of the regeneration of Old Oak Common linked to the new HS2/Crossrail station. The name of the MDC is ‘Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’ (OPDC).

Public consultation on the proposed structure and powers that the OPDC could have as well as the proposed OPDC boundary was undertaken in summer 2014. The OPDC took over planning powers on 1 April 2016 and will lead on preparing a Local Plan and determining large planning applications for the MDC area, including land within Hammersmith & Fulham.

Whilst the OPDC is the planning authority for the OPDC area the council remains responsible for day to day services such as waste collection, street cleansing, highways maintenance etc.  

Further information about the OPDC can be found at https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/organisations-we-work/old-oak-and-park-royal-development-corporation-opdc/about-opdc-0

OPDC Draft Local Plan - Reg 19 Consultation

The Local Plan sets the rules for how the area will develop over time. The Local Plan, along with any neighbourhood plans, once adopted will form the Development Plan for the local area.

The OPDC Local Plan must be in general conformity with the Mayor’s London Plan and must be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG).

OPDC have carried out the first consultation on the Draft Local Plan and its supporting evidence base documents between 4 February and 31 March 2016. 

All the feedback received from the consultation has been analysed and considered to inform the next version of the draft OPDC Local Plan which is now the subject of a 10 week consultation.

Have your say

OPDC’s revised draft (Regulation 19) Local Plan was approved for public consultation by the OPDC Board on 22 June 2017.

OPDC will begin the public consultation on the revised draft Local Plan and its associated supporting studies from Thursday 29 June to midnight Monday 11 September 2017. The documents have been published on the OPDC’s website with details on how to respond can be found at www.london.gov.uk/opdclocalplan

Hard copies of the revised draft Local Plan and supporting studies will also be made available at the following locations during normal office hours from 29 June:

  • Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0AF
  • City Hall, Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA
  • Ealing Council Offices, Perceval House, 14/16 Uxbridge Road W5 2HL
  • Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street W6 9JU
  • Harlesden Library, Craven Park Road NW10 8SE
  • The CoClub, The Perfume Factory, 140 Wales Farm Rd, North Acton W3 6UG

OPDC Planning Applications

As the Local Planning Authority, OPDC is responsible for all planning functions and decisions on planning applications for its area.

If you are interested in finding out more about current planning applications, you can visit the OPDC’s consultation page.

Pre-application advice

If you intend to make a planning application within the OPDC boundary area, we encourage you to seek pre-application advice, particularly if your scheme is large or raises complex planning issues. OPDC do not currently charge for pre-application advice, and is operating the following interim arrangements until further notice. 

To request pre-application advice, please email planningapplications@opdc.london.gov.uk or write to the OPDC at:

Development Management
Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
Post Point 5A
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

Further information

If you have any queries please call Farrah Rossi, project manager on 020 8753 2059 or email farrah.rossi@lbhf.gov.uk