Opportunity knocks at Hounslow networking event
Thu 25 June 2015, 2:31 pm
"London is the capital of the world and Hounslow is its gateway." That's the view of the borough council's deputy leader, Councillor Amrit Mann, who spoke last night at a networking event for developers at Chiswick House and Gardens, organised by 3Fox International.
The event was attended by more than 90 delegates and also celebrated the publication of the third issue of 3Fox’s Great West magazine, which highlights and promotes regeneration in the borough.
“We have some exciting plans for Hounslow in the coming years,” Mann continued. “The local plan, which is currently being finalised, will set out our priorities for the next 15 years as development plans for Feltham and the Golden Mile move forward.
“We want to create a borough that meets the needs of a growing population through good quality housing, community events, schools and vibrant town centres which attract visitors and create jobs.”
The latest issue of Great West magazine was launched at MIPIM, the global property forum, in March 2015. According to Brendon Walsh, the council’s director of regeneration, economic development and environment, the magazine’s cover, which features a vintage Mercedes, caused quite a stir.
“At MIPIM, people are surrounded by nice pictures of buildings, but Great West does something different. I can tell you, we took quite a few boxes down to the event and we ran out very quickly.
“I hope it’s that sort of thinking which shows that in Hounslow we’re offering something a bit different. By attracting people’s attention with the car on the cover, we’re hoping that people will flick through and see all the great stuff inside and how the borough is progressing.”
Walsh also highlighted the borough’s regeneration achievements during the last year, which include creating more business units at Chiswick Park, agreeing a new stadium for Brentford Football Club, granting planning permission for Ballymore’s 14,000sq m mixed-use site in Brentford town centre and the progression of plans for the relocation of the Watermans Art Centre to the old police station site in Hounslow town centre.
Further developments are expected soon, with Barratt Homes’ proposed 27-storey residential tower in Hounslow going to planning at the end of July and support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport given by the Davies Commission a week later (1 July).
Before this, Nigel Milton, the airport’s director of public affairs, told the audience: “Whatever the outcome of the Davies commission, the value of a strong relationship with Hounslow is crucial.”
Walsh reserved a special mention for the event hosts, Chiswick House and Gardens. He called the venue “one of the jewels in the crown” of the borough’s regeneration.
View pictures from the event below: