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