A new community group for Old Park and Park Royal has been established so locals can influence planning outcomes before the interchange where High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail meet is opened in 2026.
Set up by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the initiative is set to enable locals to influence planning decisions on how the design of the area should be impacted by new project developments.
The group, known as the OPDC Community Review Group, is set to review development proposals from the perspective of those living, working and spending time in the area.
There are 12 members in the OPDC Community Review Group, which comprises people from different age groups.
OPDC had partnered with Frame Projects to recruit the group, with the latter also charged with the responsibility of managing the group on behalf of the OPDC to protect its impartiality and independence.
Frame Projects run independent design review panels for local authorities and for other public-sector organisations such as HS2 Ltd and the London Legacy Development Corporation.
OPDC chair Liz Pearce said: “Insights from the community are extremely important to ensure the benefits from the investment in area meets the needs of those who live and work there.
“It is thrilling to see the interest in the development and regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal from local people who are invested in positive change. We hope that the Community Review Group will help strengthen OPDC’s existing relationships with local people.”
OPDC Community Review Group chair Tony Burton added: “It is an opportunity for local voices to be heard and for the group’s recommendations to change the area for the better.”
Redevelopment of the area could deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs in Old Oak and 1,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs on the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate, the OPDC has claimed.
The HS2 station at Old Oak Common will be the last stop before the £56bn high speed rail line terminates 6km to the east at Euston, in central London. Passengers using HS2 phase 1 route between London and Birmingham will be able to disembark at Old Oak Common and change on to Crossrail’s Elizabeth line and the Great Western Railway (GWR). The station will have a capacity for around 100M passengers, rivalling Waterloo Station in Central London.
Trains from the east will arrive at underground platforms from the Euston tunnels section and head north via the Northolt tunnels.
Each of the six new platforms for the high-speed line will be 400m long. To accommodate the switchings and crossings at either end of the platforms, the station will include a huge underground box spanning the length of the tracks. This will be a total of 903m long, 70m wide and 15m high in the west to 22.5m high in the east.
Speaking of plans to build the Old Oak Common HS2 station in an exclusive New Civil Engineer interview earlier this year, HS2 Ltd project director S4 Old Oak Common Matthew Botelle said that “nothing will be built on this scale ever again in Britain.”
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