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Hounslow at the forefront of Londonís growth agenda

Fri 10 October 2014, 11:09 am

The Greater London Authority (GLA) welcomed Hounslow Councilís bid to designate the Golden Mile area of the Great West Road as an opportunity area.

Kew Gate, part of the vision for the Golden Mile. Image ℅ Urban Initiatives

The Golden Mile will provide 28,700 new jobs through office, retail, leisure and transport projects. It will also provide 1,580 new homes, as part of Hounslow’s plans to at least meet its target of 12,000 new houses over the next 15 years, including 3,000 affordable homes.

“The council is up for growth,” said director of regeneration, economic development and environment, Brendon Walsh. Speaking at a special event to announce the Golden Mile vision, hosted by the University of West London, Walsh added: “The members have the endorsement of our residents – they were elected on a manifesto to deliver housing and growth. The council is looking for ways to exceed its targets.”

“London needs this growth,” said GLA assistant director of planning Stewart Murray. “Hounslow has been brave enough to get behind this idea and really push for a growth agenda.

“London is about to change dramatically – it has experienced a population increase the size of Leeds in the last 10 years. In the next 15 or 20 years it could possibly grow to 11 or 12 million. We’re about to surpass New York’s rate of growth. To maintain London’s place as a world city we need places like the Golden Mile to succeed.”

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