Park Royal Partnership
Park Royal Partnership (PRP) appointed us to project manage an Opportunity Area Planning Framework for release by the GLA. This brief involved drawing together the views and interests of many partner organisations.
We worked with all three of the local authorities that are within PRP’s boundary, plus representatives from the London Development Agency, Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
Inevitably there were many viewpoints put forward. However, the working party agreed that an industrial estate of this size was an important economic area in need of regeneration, and a planning framework would help assure its future.
Equally importantly, it was necessary to work with owners and occupiers, and with developers wishing to invest within the estate, to ensure the framework reflected their needs. This consensus and cooperation will help Park Royal keep its position as the largest industrial estate in the UK.
Thus an important part of the assignment was working through and understanding each organisation’s needs and views, and securing agreement about the way forward. We also collected the evidence base that underpins the document.
The Greater London Authority released the draft document just before the Mayoral elections. It sets out the consensus opinion of organisations and businesses about the future of the Park Royal Estate. The document was available for public consultation and comment, and a final report that includes their views is awaiting release from the Greater London Authority.
Sandra Eyre is a robust, no nonsense town planner who I have commissioned several times for different projects, notably when I was Chief Executive of Kent Thameside and then when I was CE at the Park Royal Partnership. She is technically solid and a joy to work with, being particularly strong when - as in my work - stakeholder relationships and engagement are key to the success of the venture. I continue to recommend Sandra unresersevedly to colleagues and peers."