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Paddington ​Opportunity Area

The Paddington Opportunity Area (POA) is centred on Paddington Station and the Grand Union Canal Basin. It now contains many mixed use developments completed in the last 15 years and several sites still awaiting development or under construction. Together these make up the largest development area within Westminster and a site of strategic importance in London. 


For up-to-date information of the developments within the Paddington Special Policy Area please see our fact sheet

The sites covered by the POA Review are shown on the POA Review Map. The map includes the location of approved applications in the POA, as well as a full list of Planning Briefs for the area.

The POA is also recognised as an area with existing good public transport accessibility and Crossrail is due to open in 2018. There are major development and transport projects underway, as well as new proposals being made for the area. New developments are expected to be fully integrated with the existing public transport network and to assist in the provision of improved access and services.

The POA was originally a 2008 London Plan term, but is now adopted in policy S3 of the Council’s City Plan (November 2013). The latest version takes account of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Development plans

The Plan seeks a range and mix of uses, supporting the regeneration of Paddington and North West Westminster. It also seeks development which includes:

  • a range of offices, flexible workspaces and light industrial units including large floorplate office stock and affordable business floorspace suitable for small business and Creative Industries
  • a significant proportion of housing
  • the retention and improvement of the St Mary’s Hospital facilities to provide healthcare at all levels
  • other uses to support the economic and social regeneration of the area, including retail, social and community facilities, entertainment and arts/cultural uses. Where appropriate, other town centre uses should provide active frontages at ground floor level
  • public transport and interchange improvements including delivery of Crossrail, improvements to main-line and Underground stations, and improvements to the bus network
Last updated: 9 September 2019