Through PDT direct funding and influence Paddington has seen significant additions and improvements to the Paddington estate over the last fifteen years and will see considerable development of the built environment over the next 25 years that will add new housing and a regenerated economic and public realm. This will occur alongside Crossrail works, now drilling the London tunnel in the Westbourne ward, and the Crossrail Innovation Centre proposal that could change the shape of Harrow Road.
Our latest project, the regeneration of St Mary Magdalene church, a Grade 1 Listed building on the national heritage risk register, will be transformed into a Paddington Living Heritage Centre funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Following ten years of basic repair work we are poised to return a Victorian jewel to the local community and the national heritage.
Powers devolved to communities and neighbourhoods through the Localism Act offer a huge opportunity to do things differently. Working with active citizens encourages participation in community life, as well as greater creativity in the supply chain. With local partners, we will continue to support innovation in the context of national, London and local plans, the Open Public Services white paper, the London Plan and the Mayors economic objectives.
We support the Department for Communities and Local Government Localism strategy, and will further develop Neighbourhood Planning with active citizens and local residents.