The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched the pre-publication report of the findings of the Outer London Commission.
The Mayor says the document is the “most comprehensive account to date of what is happening in the Outer London boroughs in terms of economic prosperity and will inform key decision making for years to come”.
Outer London (which includes all the western Boroughs bar Hammersmith & Fulham) provides two fifths of the capitals jobs, but recently these have been growing at little more than half the rate of those in inner London. Boris set up the Outer London Commission to identify “untapped potential in the outer boroughs”. The Commission went on to identify what it feels are the factors currently limiting the prosperity of certain areas, and recommended policies and proposals for future development.
The Commission looked at ways in which different parts of the existing economy might perform more effectively, as well as exploring potential sources of new growth in the green and creative industries and improvements to the transport system.
The commission concluded that outer Londons potential to contribute to the wider economy cannot be measured simply in terms of the number of jobs. In fact, one of the greatest economic assets provided by outer London boroughs is the quality of life of its residents, including new housing.
Boris Johnson said: “This report provides detailed research and analysis on the outer London economy as well as essential background for understanding the challenges and opportunities it faces.”
William McKee, Chair of the Outer London Commission, and a member of the Place West London Advisory Board, said: “The commission not only carried out a thorough analysis of trends in the outer London economy, it also engaged directly with many of the key stakeholders in it. It tested established structures to investigate whether they had further potential for growth and it looked at some radical, indeed contentious, possible alternative sources of growth. While it rejected most of this last group, this was a useful learning process, helping the Commission to put forward realistic proposals. I am glad to see that so many of them have been included in the Mayor’s Draft Replacement London Plan and will be subject to an Examination in Public this summer”.
See the full report here.