Hounslow delegation visits MIPIM
Tue 13 June 2017, 3:22 pm
A delegation from Hounslow Council attended global property conference MIPIM in Cannes, France, in spring 2017.
Organised by 3Fox International, publisher of Great West magazine, the delegation included Councillor Amritpal Mann, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, and Brendon Walsh, executive director of regeneration, economic development and environment, and Alan Hesketh, interim head of regeneration, spatial planning, economic development and environmental strategy.
A series of networking events took place at the London Pavillion at Palais de Calais from 14-16 March, presenting the main development schemes and investment opportunities in the area to global business leaders from the property industry.
The first event directly involving Hounslow, “Making the most of Heathrow Gateway”, in the afternoon of 14 March, discussed challenges and opportunities connected to the construction of a third runway at the airport – which received support from the government last autumn.
The importance of the airport economy and its cargo business are the topics of major features in the sixth issue of Great West, which was launched during the event.
Around 40 guests were later given the chance for more informal conversations with the delegates.
On Thursday 16 March, Hounslow representatives joined with delegates from Slough Borough Council at Armani Café on Boulevard de la Croisette to describe the work of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group (HSPG), which includes nine of the 10 local authorities ringing the 1,227-ha airport.
Together with Hounslow and Slough, the HSPG is made up of representatives of the London Borough of Ealing, Spelthorne Borough Council, Runnymede Borough Council, South Buckinghamshire District Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Surrey County Council and Buckinghamshire County Council.
The group has been formed with the purpose of discussing the impact of the airport’s expansion on the surrounding areas and developing shared strategies and policies to address challenges and opportunities linked with the construction of a third runway.
“Not all the members of HSPG are necessarily for the third runway,” Walsh, who chairs the group, told Great West magazine. “But there’s a benefit in working together to establish clear understanding of the effects a third runway would have.”