Jules Pipe praised the West London boroughs for having the “foresight” to come together to promote the area as one “huge opportunity area” at the inaugural Capital West London Conference.
The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills delivered a key-note speech to hundreds of delegates at the event at The Drum at Wembley this morning.
Pipe covered a wide-range of topics, discussing what the Mayor’s London Plan meant for the sub-region and how the Greater London Authority were determined to focus on “good growth”, delivering communities in West London that would meet the need for all its residents.
“On behalf of City Hall, we would like to pass on our congratulations for this excellent Summit,” said Pipe. “Huge praise must go to the West London boroughs for having the foresight and good sense to come together to promote the area as a whole.
“It is a vital part of the capital and a huge opportunity area.
“It’s great to see so many people here, both from the public and private sector, wanting to work together. It just reinforces what we knew already, that there is a big, big interest in West London.”
Pipe highlighted the huge regeneration projects at Old Oak and White City as crucial parts of the Mayor’s overall plans for London, but also pinpointed the Great West Corridor in Hounslow as a huge area of interest.
“I’d like to also mention a new opportunity area in Hounslow,” he said. “The Golden Mile, as it has come to be known, has the highest concentration of media, broadcasting and digital media jobs in London. We are supporting Hounslow to continue that growth and really reach the area’s full potential.”
Pipe also said he hoped the Housing Infrastructure Fund for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development would be given the green light in the next few weeks, having been omitted from the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s Budget yesterday.
“The key thing for us that we hoped to see in there that wasn’t was the HIF fund for OPDC. The £250million fund to unlock that absolutely vital regeneration area for the capital.
“The infrastructure fund is vital to build all the roads and bridges required to unlock that area and deliver all the jobs and houses that the Old Oak development will bring. We had been expecting that to be part of the budget for a few months now, but these things always take a little longer than expected, so we are still confident that will still be announced in the next couple of weeks.”