OPDC Great place scheme

Community Review Group for Old Oak & Park Royal

"The Community Review Group is an exciting new local initiative for people living, working, studying and playing in and around Old Oak and Park Royal. In accordance with OPDC’s Statement of Community  Involvement, it is vital that the local community is involved in helping to design, build and create a great place for future generations. We can only do this with the advice of local experts, people who live, work and study in the neighbourhood and have a wealth of knowledge, history and insights to share. I hope many people will apply to join the group, especially those who have never done anything like this before. In creating a vibrant new area of north west London, we need and want to hear what you have to say."

Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of OPDC

What is the Community Review Group?

The Community Review Group will be part of OPDC’s plan to ensure that new developments are of the highest possible quality, whilst also empowering local people to have their say about the urban design process, including housing, transport, public spaces and environment. This will help to ensure that new development serves the needs of people living and working in the area, both now and in the future.

The Group will meet to discuss development proposals and to give its views. These discussions will be turned into a formal report and will feed into decisions made by OPDC and the OPDC Planning Committee. The Group’s recommendations will be taken seriously and OPDC Officers will consider and respond to each one. The Group can invite OPDC, or architects and other professionals, to talk to the group.

Applications to be part of the Community Review Group opened on Thursday 14 June and close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 July 2018.

How will the Group be managed?

The group will be managed on OPDC‘s behalf by Frame Projects, an established company that manages design review groups in London and the south east. They will be responsible for recruiting Community Review Group members. Their job is to make sure it is independent, properly briefed and can communicate what it thinks to OPDC effectively.

What are the benefits?

We will provide you with any support needed for your role as a Group member through free training in areas such as reading plans, understanding development proposals or getting your views across in meetings. Travel expenses will be available. Being a Group member offers the opportunity for you to add to CVs, learn about your area, and take an active role in change. This is a great chance to be involved in shaping your area for future generations and be a voice for your community.

Who are we looking for?

The Community Review Group will have around ten members and we’re looking for people of different ages and backgrounds, in order to ensure that the Group includes both young and older representatives and reflects the diverse make up of the existing community. We want to hear from you if:

  • you live in or near Old Oak or Park Royal
  • you work in the area
  • you come to the area regularly, for example to play sport or study

You do not need experience in planning or architecture. We’re keen to have people on the Group who know the local area, and who want to have a say in the way it’s developed and regenerated. We especially want to hear from people who are not already involved with a community group, and from those whose voice is not being heard, and whose first language is not English.

What skills and experience do I need?

The members of the Group will have a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge. We’re looking for a broad cross-section of members drawn from across the community who:

  • bring a strong understanding of the local area, the way it works, its history and its residents
  • can provide positive advice from a community perspective on proposals for development and change, as well as the needs of existing and new residential and business communities
  • can actively participate in Group meetings
  • will collaborate and respect the contribution of others in Group discussions be able to understand the constraints and opportunities faced by the OPDC. We will provide information and training on this

These are preferred but not essential skills. Successful candidates will be provided with training opportunities to develop these skills. Members will contribute as individuals and not as representatives of an organisation.

How often will the Group meet?

We will need Group members to commit to coming to around six meetings in the first year, an induction meeting, plus background papers to read. We will meet at a time that best suits the Group members. The Group will be set up for a year to start with and, at the end of the year, everyone will have the opportunity to decide if they want to carry on being involved.

Next steps?

Once you get in touch with Frame Projects, we’ll ask you to fill in a short application form. If shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a workshop with other candidates. Applicants will need to be over 18 to be part of the Group.

If you’re interested and want to find out more, please email Frame Projects or call Frame Projects on 020 7405 1697. Frame Projects will then send you a short application form. You can also pick up an application form from The Collective, Old Oak Lane, London NW10 6FF.

Applications will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 July 2018.