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Johnson appoints Farrell as suburb design guru

Terry Farrell adds new London role to his Edinburgh and Thames Gateway gigs

Terry Farrell has landed another key design-guru role – this time overseeing the development of London’s suburbs.

Farrell, who already has roles with the Thames Gateway and in Edinburgh, joins development expert William McKee on Mayor Boris Johnson’s newly formed Outer London Commission (OMC).

The move highlights Johnson’s emerging drive to help the boroughs around the capital – not just ‘a few favoured areas’.

Johnson said: ‘For too many years the focus of the previous mayoralty [under Ken Livingstone] was channelled towards inner London.

‘The vital role played by our town centres and communities in the suburbs has been overlooked, if not ignored, to the detriment of all Londoners.’

The new OMC, which will eventually have up to 12 members, will advise the Mayor on the London Plan and identify up to five areas to become outer ‘London growth hubs’.

Johnson has also asked the commission to look at best practice and ‘showcase examples of town centre excellence’ to guide his future policy statements.

Speaking about his appointment, Terry Farrell said: ‘London’s outer boroughs cannot afford to be overlooked as they contain some of the most important drivers of London’s future success.

‘In looking at outer London it is important, of course, to look at London as a whole, and that is how I intend to help the Mayor and the commission as it develops real projects for the benefit of the capital.’

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