Hills takes top job at mayoral development corporation

Written by: Colin Marrs
Published on: 1 Oct 2014

Victoria Hills, Old Oak Common and Park ROyal MDC

Chartered planner Victoria Hills has been appointed to the new post of director at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

Hills moved last week from her previous job, head of transport at the Greater London Authority.

The corporation has yet to be formally established but, if approved by GLA members and ministers, is set to oversee the creation of 24,000 new homes and 55,000 new jobs on former industrial land straddling three boroughs - Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Ealing.

Speaking to Planning, Hills said: “I started life as a town planner so I feel like I am coming full circle after working in transport.

“My top priority is to ensure that the mayor can launch the new MDC by his target date of 1 April.

“I need to make friends with all the key stakeholders – local politicians, residents and transport bodies.”

She said that further down the line, the body will work out a plan to ensure that infrastructure at the site is properly funded.

Her team will draw up new planning guidance for the area.

Hills started her career as a transport policy officer at Wycombe District Council.

She gained a masters degree in town planning from University of Newcastle in 1998.

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