Planning and development veteran Will McKee CBE has been appointed as chairman of the planning committee for Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.
The corporation, established by London mayor Boris Johnson, will lead the regeneration of Old Oak Common in West London and will seek deliver up to 24,000 homes and more than 55,000 jobs around a new High Speed 2 and Crossrail station.
McKee is chairman of developer Tilfen Land and was formerly chairman of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.
McKee told Planning: “In my planning career I have always wanted to work with places that had a clear vision about where they want to go to.
“This is possibly the most important regeneration scheme in the country at the moment and the opportunity is tremendous.”
McKee is also chair of the London mayor’s Outer London Commission and chief executive of Accessible Retail. He is a member of the Governing Board of the North West Surrey Care Commissioning Group and a governor and trustee of the Rambert Dance Company.
He has also worked as chairman of the UK property division of international PR consultants Weber Shandwick, and between 1993 to 2002, he was chief executive of the British Property Federation.
He has served as chairman of the CBI Trade Association Council and vice-chairman of the National Planning Forum.
He was chief executive of the London Borough of Merton from 1981 to 1992 and is a chartered planner and surveyor.
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