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Old Oak Common and regeneration in North West London - assessing the development plans and the impact on housing, economic growth, and delivering an integrated transport hub

Morning, Wednesday, 20th May 2020



***Taking Place Online***

This conference will discuss:

  • The next steps for the development of Old Oak Common Station, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that High Speed 2 will be built;
  • The OPDC local plan; and
  • Wider priorities for regeneration in North West London.

Key areas for discussion:

  • Legal, planning, and engineering practicalities of delivering Old Oak Common Station and the key priorities for delivering transport connectivity in the region;
  • Impact of the OPDC local plan on housing development, as well as commercial opportunities and the cost and timeline for the project; and
  • The draft London Plan - following the Secretary of State for Housing asking the Mayor of London for improvements to the Draft London Plan for delivery of the housing that London needs.

The agenda:

  • The development of Old Oak and Park Royal - progress and next steps;
  • The future of Old Oak Common Station - implications of the Oakervee Review of HS2;
  • Delivering an integrated transport hub - practicalities, future-proofing, and community engagement;
  • Priorities for regeneration across North West London and implementing the OPDC local plan - housing, skills, and economic development; and
  • Next steps for developing North West London and the impact of the new London Plan.

Why this is relevant: the context:

It takes place with:

  • Publication of the Oakervee Review of HS2 - which has examined the project’s affordability, deliverability, benefits, scope, and phasing;
  • The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s (OPDC) development plan for the OPDC area - and the subsequent interim report from the planning inspector;
  • The Mayor of London’s draft London Plan - with its broad spatial development strategy for Greater London; and
  • Transport for London having raised concerns about crowding on Crossrail services if Old Oak Common is the London Terminus.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

Especially with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the BEIS; DCMS; Department for Education; Department for International Trade; Department for Transport; GLA; HMRC; Homes England; MHCLG; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; National Audit Office and Office of Rail and Road.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

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

Keynote Speakers

Philip Graham

Executive Director, Good Growth, GLA

Liz Peace

Chairman, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Matthew Botelle

Stations Client Director, HS2


Dr Rupa Huq MP

Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton

Baroness Randerson

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on Transport


Andrew Dakers

Chief Executive, Park Royal Business Group and West London Business

Sarah Bevan

Programme Director for Planning and Development, London First

Philip Beer

Partner, Burges Salmon

Emma Gibson

Director, London TravelWatch

Councillor Shama Tatler

Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, Brent Council

Professor Neil Alford

Associate Provost (Academic Planning), Imperial College London

Dr Steve Melia

Senior Lecturer, Transport and Planning, University of the West of England