The announcement of a new chairperson for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has yet again been delayed.
Speaking at a Greater London Authority budget monitoring sub-committee, OPDC chief executive Victoria Hills said she had hoped to have been in a position to announce the new chair at the meeting, but “it had not worked out”.
“I would very much like to have sat down here and given you a date, and yesterday we did have a date but today we do not,” she said. “It’s very soon, but I can’t say it will be this week or next. It’s not going to happen when we thought it was so we are now looking in the very near future.”
She did however hint at who the new chair might be saying it is “a well-known figure in the property industry”.
Many key decisions, such as the appointment of the masterplan designers, have been left hanging in the balance pending the appointment of the new chair.
But Hills said that progress had still been made during this period.
“I hope you know 13,500 homes in the planning process is not to be sniffed at, so I wouldn’t want you to get the impression that everything is stalled. We’re just about to procure a masterplan, the local plan work has continued and the planning applications continue to come flooding in,” said Hills.