This was the message of a panel at MIPIM UK, when speakers talked about the opportunity in the sub-region.
Liz Peace, chair of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, described how they plan to deliver 10,000 homes in just part of their area – Old Oak North. It’s the top part of the OPDC area to the south of Willesden Junction station. The Northern edge needs a range of infratructure, a new road, bridge, an underpass, and an energy centre, which will facilitate the building of 3,000 home in the northen arc, and enable the development of the southern part – the Cargiant site – which will add a further 7,000 homes.
They have put in bid for Housing Infrastructure Fund money, and are hoping for good news soon, when that comes, says Liz, they will “crack on with delivering this northern section.”
HIF investment will also allow all subsequent phases to contribute more to infratructure as they are built.
Liz said it wasn’t just about building, “We are about making places, we are not about development for developments sake.”
Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said that what makes west London amazing is its connectivity. Its position beteen the City and Heathrow make it a great opportunity. He continued: “Allied to that, there is a quality of life which makes it a great place to live and raise a family.”
He promised that Ealing will become “a fabulous town centre with a new cinema, and new town quare, and said that at the Cabinet meeting the night before, the council had approved delivery of a manifesto promise of 2500 new homes in the next four years at London Affordable Rent, and London Living Rent. “We want these genuinely affordable new homes. We need to continue the progress so far, and build on that.”
He also had a message about Capital West London: “I invite and encourage you to come to our Growth ummit on October 30.”
“We learned from Manchester combined authority and set up West london economic prosperity board as the closest thing we could produce to that.
“This has the produced Capital West London programme, where all are working together for a common goal.”
Andre Dakers, CEO of West London Business, mentioned the £73bn economy, and the 120,000 businesses trading in the region. He aid there was a packed programme of growth – needing successful delivery at Heathrow and Old Oak, and aided by the new West London Orbital.