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Next steps for developing Old Oak Common and priorities for regeneration in North West London

Morning, Thursday, 27th May 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to examine the development of the Old Oak Common project, examining latest progress, outstanding issues, and priorities for:

  • ensuring that the development contributes to regeneration and wider benefits in North West London
  • timely project delivery and value for money

the agenda includes a keynote session with Liz Peace, Chairman, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and Matthew Botelle, Stations Client Director, HS2 - as well as contributions from AECOM; Brent London Borough Council; Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum; Pinsent Masons; Stantec; Transport for London; London TravelWatch; and West London Business.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • progress and next steps - latest on the Old Oak Common project development, following on from the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) local plan
  • delivering benefit:
    • how the project can be developed to best support growth and wellbeing in NW London
    • looking at housing, transport links, skills and business development, as well as serving the needs of communities
  • project implementation - transport and infrastructure challenges, Old Oak’s superhub interchange station, integration with national transport networks, and the impact of the HS2 delivery timeline
  • future-proofing - ensuring that the development suits changing consumer and passenger habits and business needs, and provides value for money
  • the wider policy dimension - linking with the new London Plan, the wider national infrastructure development, and the net-zero policy drive

The discussion is bringing stakeholders together with a range of key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfT; HMRC; Defra; and DCMS; along with parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

The agenda

  • Progress on Old Oak Common superhub development and priorities for addressing delivery challenges and meeting timelines
  • Opportunities for regeneration across North-West London and putting in place the transport infrastructure to support growth - housing, skills, and business and community engagement
  • Developing the Old Oak Common interchange station and HS2 integration
  • Addressing key challenges for infrastructure delivery in Old Oak Common
    • Priorities for futureproofing design, infrastructure delivery and meeting delivery targets
    • Linking Old Oak to wider London infrastructure and overcoming barriers to underground and South Eastern service connections
    • Adapting to changes in passenger behaviour and the impact of COVID-19
    • Ensuring value for money in the new development
  • Policy priorities for supporting the development of Old Oak Common and linking with the delivery of the new London Plan

The background to the discussion:

  • the new London Plan - setting out the Mayor’s priorities and blueprint for the city’s future, including reformed planning guidance for infrastructure projects, and transport network development
  • Response to the Mayor's Draft Consultation Budget 2021-22 - from the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee, with recommendations including:
    • the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation to publish a timetable to develop a new credible and sustainable plan
    • a clearer focus in the short to medium term on Park Royal due to concerns about the delivery of the project 
  • planning approval - speaking at the Policy Forum for London’s conference on the future of infrastructure in London last year, Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation chair Liz Peace said that she hoped to gain approval for new plans by the end of 2021
  • HS2 Phase One - construction at multiple sites in London, with services planned from Old Oak Common station to the Midlands
  • the Elizabeth Line - a delayed opening schedule now aiming for 2022 for the new underground service expanding tube capacity across West to East London, connecting with Old Oak Common and HS2 services

Latest thinking and areas for discussion:

Old Oak Common project development - assessing progress and priorities, and addressing key issues, including:

  • project delivery - priorities for maintaining progress and keeping to time:
    • addressing challenges for infrastructure and engineering delivery
    • ensuring project budgets are fit for purpose and resilient to cost fluctuations
    • strategies for meeting key stages of the roadmap and timeline
  • North-West London regeneration - examining the role of the project, and the way forward for:
    • supporting accelerated building of new houses and construction
    • prioritising the needs of local communities and engagement with residents
    • contributing to the creation of an environment that boosts living standards and quality of life
  • the new London Plan - the role of Old Oak Common in helping to achieve goals, including:
    • widening growth and inclusivity
    • supporting targets around housing and business expansion
    • effective project delivery within the planning system

Contributing to regional growth:

  • post-COVID-19 - the project’s place in aiding economic and societal recovery, including opportunities for boosting growth in local employment, and stimulating renewed investment into the region
  • scaling up business activity - looking at opportunities including:
    • retail regeneration inside and around the station
    • business relocation and options for competitive incentives
    • promoting the area’s enhanced transport link benefits
    • communicating business cases for a range of sectors based on the unique strengths of the region
    • latest thinking on establishing Old Oak Common as an enterprise zone for innovation, and bringing the region’s tech and innovation start-ups to West London
    • the scope for specific policy on rates, as well as further support and incentives

Old Oak’s superhub interchange station - addressing transport and infrastructure challenges, and integration with wider national transport networks:

  • value for money - against the backdrop of concerns from The London Assembly’s Budget and Performance Committee about project performance and progress
  • West London as a central transport hub - looking at opportunities for serving travel across the country, as well as next steps for:
    • preparing the station for HS2 services
    • boosting access to regional train lines throughout the UK
    • increasing connectivity with and around South England
  • tackling infrastructure and engineering challenges - priorities for working within built environments, minimising impact on area and region activity, and keeping material and other costs affordable
  • integration with wider networks - enhancing the case for the superhub station as a key link alongside London’s established transport infrastructure, including:
    • services to the South East, and expanding efficient and smooth journeys to Heathrow
    • connection with the Underground and forthcoming Elizabeth Line
  • fit for the future - ensuring that the superhub can continue to serve the changing needs and behaviours of passengers, including:
    • active travel - facilitating walking and cycling around the station
    • providing intermodal options for public transport
    • helping restore passenger confidence and promote the use of public transport going forward

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and officials from the DCMS; Defra; the Department for Transport; and HM Revenue & Customs.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders involved with or affected by the Old Oak Common development, including representatives of local councils, transport bodies, construction and engineering firms, housing and property developers, logistics and project management personnel, resident groups, law firms, academics and researchers from higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Liz Peace

Chairman, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation


Henry Peterson

Chair, St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum and Advisor, Old Oak Neighbourhood Forum

Russell Jackson

Global Transit Director, AECOM

Andrew Dakers

Chief Executive, West London Business

Keith Mitchell

Director, Community Development and Infrastructure, Stantec

Matthew Botelle

Stations Client Director, HS2

Cllr Muhammed Butt

Leader of the Council & Member, West London Economic Prosperity Board, Brent London Borough Council

Robbie Owen

Partner, Head of Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons

Chris Porter

Transport Planning Manager, Transport for London

Emma Gibson

Director, London TravelWatch