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.

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 linked to the new HS2/Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) station. The regeneration proposals extend into the London Boroughs of Ealing and Brent.

High Speed 2 (HS2)

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 2028 as well as transport connections to Elizabeth Line (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 26,500 new homes and up to 55,000 jobs.

The HS2 Bill received royal Assent on 23 February 2017. Read more about the HS2 Bill on GOV.UK

Government review of HS2 - 2019

Government announced that the completion of first phase of HS2, between London Euston – Birmingham, could be delayed by 5yrs until 2031 and cost has soared from est. £56bn up to £88bn. A total of £7.5bn has been spent to date.

Transport Secretary announced on 3 Sept that:

  • completion of the full northern section of HS2, to Manchester and Leeds, would probably be pushed back by 7yrs to 2040.
  • project costs had risen by £22bn from the official £55.7bn at 2015 prices. At today’s prices, HS2 is expected to cost between £81bn and £88bn.
  • discovery of “significantly more challenging” ground conditions along the London-to-Birmingham route, which are expected to be repeated on the northern phase, was the biggest single factor in the additional cost and delay.
  • a staged opening between 2028 and 2031 for the first phase, under which there would be an alternative London Terminus of Old Oak Common rather than Euston until 2030, was most realistic.
  • full review of the plans commissioned by the Government are due to be reported in Autumn 2019. Terms of reference and timing of the review.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’ (OPDC) team is working with Transport for London and Mayor’s Office to co-ordinate their evidence and representations to the HS2 review. 

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 and capitalise on the connections that HS2/Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) station. The name of the MDC is ‘Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’ (OPDC). Boundary map of the OPDC Opportunity Area.

The OPDC took over planning powers on 1 April 2015 and will lead on preparing a Local Plan and determining large planning applications for the MDC area, including land within Hammersmith & Fulham. Read more about the OPDC

The council’s role - 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. 

OPDC Draft Local Plan

OPDC is the local planning authority for Old Oak and Park Royal. Part of their responsibilities includes the production of a Local Plan for these areas.

The Local Plan sets the vision and framework for how the OPDC will develop over time. The Local Plan, along with the London Plan and any Neighbourhood Plans, forms the overall 'development plan' for the OPDC area.

OPDC Local Plan for Old Oak and Park Royal must be in general conformity with the Mayor’s London Plan and must be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (pdf) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG).

How is the Local Plan being developed?

OPDC carried out the first consultation on the Regulation 18 draft Local Plan and its supporting evidence base documents between 4 February and 31 March 2016.  The next consultation was carried out on the first Regulation 19 revised draft Local Plan from 29 June until 11 September 2017.

Responses to both of these consultations informed the second Regulation 19 revised draft Local Plan, and its associated new and updated supporting studies, which was consulted on from 14 June to 30 July 2018.

On 4 October 2018  the Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination - the final stage of creating a Local Plan.

Local Plan submission explained

Since February 2016, OPDC have undertaken three rounds of public consultation with the community, local businesses and other stakeholders. These consultations have generated over 11,000 comments, which OPDC have used to inform the development of the Local Plan.

On 4 October 2018 OPDC submitted the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination which is carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

OPDC’s expected examination timeframe

The timescales are indicative as each examination differs dependent on the complexity of the Local Plan being examined and questions arising from the Inspector. Any updates to timescales will appear at Local Plan examination process on London.gov.uk 

The expected timeframe is as follows:

Key actions

4 October 2018, OPDC lead

  • Local Plan submitted by OPDC

October 2018 to March 2019, planning inspectorate lead

  • Early appraisal of the Local Plan and identification of any issues and/or questions
  • Requests for any further information to address issues and/or questions
  • Structure and timetable of hearing sessions determined, and participants identified
  • Participants notified
  • Responses to Inspector’s issues and/or questions (Hearing Statements) developed by participants
  • Hearing Statements submitted by participants
  • Participants confirmed
  • Hearing Statements published on OPDC website
  • Final hearing session agendas circulated to participants and published on OPDC website Planning Inspector

April to Sept 2019, planning Inspector lead

  • Hearing sessions

The planning inspector's next steps

Following the close of the hearings, the Inspector may identify main modifications needed in the Local Plan to make it sound. These changes would then require an additional six-week public consultation to be carried out.

After the close of this additional consultation, the planning inspector will draft their report, which may include any of the main modifications. OPDC must then make the main modifications set out in the Inspector’s Report to the Local Plan before it is then considered by the OPDC Planning Committee and Board for adoption.

Further information on the examination process can be found in the supporting document ‘Procedural Practice in the Examination of Local Plan' (pdf)’.

Any queries regarding the OPDC’s Local Plan should be directed to the OPDC See ODPC contact details.

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

Contact ODPC

OPDC can be contacted in a number of ways, including:.

Further information

If you have any queries for H&F Council regarding Old Oak Common Opportunity Area, please call Farrah Rossi, planning projects manager, on 07917 235364 or email farrah.rossi@lbhf.gov.uk

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