A new cross-borough community network has been launched in response to massive redevelopments planned for parts of west London.
The organisation, Grand Union Alliance, was set up by a number of community groups and residents associations from Ealing , Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham as a reaction to the plans for Old Oak Common , Acton, Park Royal and the neighbouring ‘opportunity areas’ of White City and Kensal Canalside.
The proposed plans could bring the biggest changes to the area since industry and railways shaped the land in the 19th century.
It will look at a series of development projects including the Mayor of London’s proposals for Old Oak Common creating tens of thousands of new homes as well as the planned HS2 railway.
The developments would bring transport, jobs and commercial opportunities but the concern is in their large scale, which could disrupt or overwhelm local businesses.
Grand Union Alliance is working as an informal network aiming to inform individuals, community groups and businesses about development plans and to give people opportunities to influence potential changes.
The alliance wants to see a balance between development and meeting local need, supporting existing communities and enhancing what is currently valued.
It has developed a Community Engagement Charter, will lobby Boris Johnson and different boroughs to adopt this and is seeking recognition as a key stakeholder group.
Officers from the London Mayor’s office will provide a presentation on the proposed Mayoral Development Corporation at a Grand Union Alliance meeting on Tuesday (August 12) at the Tavistock Hall, Harlesden Methodist Church.
The meeting is open to all. For more information email email@example.com.
Grand Union Alliance is currently supported by London Tenants Federation working with Just Space, through funding provided by Trust for London.