UCL Engineering Exchange


Community transport planning

The EngEx supported a community workshop and forum for local residents to work towards a shared vision for the area during major transport infrastructure planning affecting the area

An image of participants in the transport planning charrette

25 January 2016

In December 2015, the Engineering Exchange supported delivery of a community planning workshop in partnership with Just Space, London Tenants Federation and the Grand Union Alliance (GUA). The GUA is a community network linking the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Brent and Kensington and Chelsea. The charrette was led by UCL’s Transport@UCL and facilitated by JTP Architects.

The full-day workshop brought together residents and stakeholders. It aimed to provide a forum for local residents to work towards developing a shared vision for the area. Consequently, participants considered community-friendly options for the Park Royal and Old Oak Common transport hub.

There were nearly 50 people in attendance. Attendees undertook a community mapping exercise and produced ideas for the future of the area. A summary report of the day's activities is available below. Subsequently, the workshop was referenced in the Independent Transport Commission's report 'High Speed Rail and Connected Cities: Accessible Places for Growing Economies' (pg. 14). Please visit their website for more information.

Planning the future of the area

Planned regeneration for the ‘Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area’ will be led by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), set up by the Mayor of London. It will involve major changes for the area over the next few decades.

In September 2016, on behalf of the GUA, proceedings and outputs of the charrette were discussed with the OPDC. Most significantly, the key messages matched those of the emerging Local Plan and would be used to structure the next round of public consultation workshops. Consequently, community representatives now had higher expectations for involvement in future consultations and would continue to press for improvements to the OPDC’s Statement of Community Involvement. Thus, community expectations are informing Just Space’s formulation of proposals for meaningful and effective public involvement in planning across London.

Read the report