Press Release issued March 1st about the CEJ WP report on the future of the OPDC

C4EJ Press Release

Release Date: Ist March 2018 


Coalition for Economic Justice publishes new report urging 

Mayor of London to supercharge the OPDC

A Working Group set up by the Coalition for Economic Justice (C4EJ) has produced its final report on the future of the OPDC (Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation). In September last year the CEJ Working Group submitted a response to the publication of the OPDC’s revised local plan. Its response was highly critical of the Corporation’s failure to address core finance issues, which it argued went to the heart of the Corporation’s ability to deliver on plans for development and regeneration in north London.

It calls on the Mayor of London to seize what the authors say is a very special opportunity to bring some of the most successful urban development policies – found in Singapore and Hong Kong - to London.

The key to the report’s principal recommendations is the effective capture and use of the uplift in land values resulting from the creation of Britain’s most significant new transport hub at Old Oak. Old Oak is where the High Speed 2 rail line and the new Elizabeth line (formerly known as Crossrail) will meet and where travellers from all across the UK will get their connections to and from Heathrow.

The report says that London’s elected representatives, most especially the Mayor, need to keep hugely valuable sites in public ownership and make the most of them. What is special about the OPDC is that it starts with an unprecedented endowment of publicly owned land (over 90 hectares); land, which can and should be used for the benefit of London and Londoners as a whole.

The report presents a powerful case for more active and intelligent management of development opportunities in the OPDC area, by a strengthened Mayoral development corporation - modelled on the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong and the Housing & Development Board and Jurong Town Corporation in Singapore. All three are public bodies that have an impressive record of getting things done in the public interest.

Notes for editors:

a.       The C4EJ Working Group (WG) was established by the Coalition for Economic Justice, The Coalition includes political groups, pressure groups and charities who came together in 2008 in response to the economic crisis of that year and who have continued to work together for the establishment of justice in economic affairs. The Coalition proposes the introduction of an annual Location or Land Value Tax (LVT) to reduce existing taxes on enterprise and labour in order to rebalance the economy and prevent future economic crises.

b.       The Coalition for Economic Justice web site can be found at: and the full report on the OPDC can be downloaded as a pdf from: 

c.      The Working Group comprise: Andrew Purves, author of No Debt, High Growth, Low Tax: Hong Kong’s Economic Miracle Explained, published by Shepheard Walwyn in 2015. Ed Randall is a retired academic who has written extensively on public policy and political ideas. John Lipetz is a campaigner for social justice and fair taxation and a member of the Labour Land Campaign. We can be contacted by email at:, and by phone at: 020 3397 3723, as well as by writing to: Chair of Coalition for Economic Justice, 11-13 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, LONDON, W1U3AJ