Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H&F) has branded plans to create a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) around Old Oak Common as an ‘anti-democratic’ land-grab
The council has fired a warning shot at the Mayor, stating the new corporation would allow Boris Johnson to build properties for overseas speculators, rather than affordable homes, on the site of the proposed west London ‘superhub’.
The mayor wants the MDC to drive the regeneration of the area where the HS2 hub station is expected to be built as part of plans by WSP and Terry Farrell.
The organisation would have its own, fast-track planning powers, with its borders spanning H&F, Brent and Ealing.
Stephen Cowan, leader of H&F Council, said: ‘This council objects to an [this coporation] at Old Oak and Park Royal. We are concerned about the Mayor of London’s record on delivering truly affordable homes for Londoners and do not believe he should be entrusted with sole responsibility on a scheme of this importance.
Boris shouldn’t be entrusted with sole responsibility on a scheme of this importance
‘We are committed to changing housing policies so that we build homes for residents rather than investment properties for overseas speculators and look forward to working with Ealing and Brent councils to do that. There is no good business case for the Mayor to step in.
‘In fact, the move in government over the years has been to devolve more powers to local communities not take them away. The Mayor’s proposed organisation is a throwback to decades long gone, it would be un-democratic and unnecessarily takes away powers from local residents and local businesses and essentially hands them over to developers and un-elected bureaucrats.’
Boris has identified Old Oak Common has one of five opportunity areas across London which could deliver around 35,000 new homes. Farrell has already drawn up a masterplan for a potential ‘superhub’ around the new HS2 station and was recently chosen by Transport for London to develop three options for a London Overground station on the site.
The public consultation, which runs until September 24, 2014, is asking 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.