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Should Boris Johnson be given responsibility for the creation of a new 24,000-home London suburb?

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

Should Boris Johnson be given responsibility for the creation of a new 24,000-home London suburb? Should Boris Johnson be given responsibility for the creation of a new 24,000-home London suburb?

Residents, businesses, landowners and local authorities in west London are being consulted on whether Boris Johnson should be given overall responsibility for the development of a new district, which would see 24,000 new homes built and 55,000 jobs created.

The Mayor Boris Johnson has recently outlined proposals to transform the Old Oak Common and Park Royal area. He intends to create a new Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) to unlock the regeneration potential of 950 hectares of industrial land which will be linked to the construction of a new ‘super hub’ High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station that is due to be built at Old Oak by 2026.

Research from the Mayor’s Office indicates that the entire regeneration scheme could be worth up to £6.2 billion for the London economy, with the potential for Old Oak Common to supply up to 2.5% of the Greater London housing requirement and almost 14% of Greater London’s employment need up to 2031.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “The arrival of Crossrail and HS2 provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform Old Oak Common and Park Royal into a brand new neighbourhood for West London. It is crucial that we get the views of local people so that we can reap the full benefits of this opportunity for local people and London as a whole.”

The proposed MDC will look to emulate the success of the London Legacy Development Corporation that continues to lead the post-Olympic regeneration of Stratford and East London.

The public consultation will ask Londoners for their views on issues such as the proposed boundary, its potential planning powers and whether an MDC is the most effective way to deliver the regeneration.

The proposed HS2/Crossrail station will be the same size as Waterloo, with the capacity to handle 250,000 passengers a day, and link the two largest infrastructure projects in the UK.

The Mayor’s Office has already entered into detailed discussions about establishing the MDC with Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils. It is hoped that the MDC will be established by April 2015.

The consultation will take place from June 18 to September 24, 2014. There will be a significant leaflet drop in the local area and more information is available here:

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